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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham


1) The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile • Washington, DC

Though this one technically isn’t a half marathon, know that there will be beer drinking and running involved in this Washington, D.C race. Runners who participate as a team will run in a 4×400 relay while solo runners will complete the entire four laps and four beers on their own.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 • Race info & signup »

2) Thirsty 13 Half Marathon • Durango, CO

Ready for a mostly downhill race through the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, where there will be beer from 50 local breweries on hand to try at the finish line?

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 • Race info & signup »

3) Iron Horse Half Marathon • North Bend, WA

Run through the forest outside Seattle on this almost all-downhill route along the Iron Horse Trail, built on the old railroad corridor that was part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad from 1908 all the way up to 1980.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 • Race info & signup »

4) Santa Rosa Half Marathon • Santa Rosa, CA

The largest city in Northern California’s wine growing region opens up the pathways along the Santa Rosa Creek for this late summer race, which gives out a bottle of wine to every runner and features free beer and wine at the finish line, along with stacks of pancakes to help soak up your drink of choice.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 • Race info & signup »

5) Half Madness 13.1 • Batavia, IL

Run this race’s gently rolling hills and you’ll be rewarded with all-you-can-drink Sam Adams at the finish line, located less than an hour from Chicago with stretches through historic Batavia neighborhoods and along the Fox River.

Sunday, Sep. 2, 2018 • Race info & signup »

6) Craft Classic Half Marathon • Atlanta, GA

You’ll get to take run through some of Atlanta’s most scenic and historic intown neighborhoods, and run up and down a few challenging hills at this race, which promises a craft beer waiting for you at the finish line.

Saturday, Sep. 8, 2018 • Race info & signup »

7) Quicene Oyster Half Marathon • Quilcene, WA

Framed by the Olympic Mountains and nearby Douglas fir forests, this race across Puget Sound from nearby Seattle features a post-race party with a beer garden and wine tasting, along with an oyster bar, in honor of the famous shellfish this region is known for.

Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018 • Race info & signup »

8) Brewers Mini Marathon • Milwaukee, WI

Ever wanted to have the chance to run on a major league baseball field? You’ll get the chance to circle the track around the ball field at Miller Park and take a tour of the second largest brewing company in America after the race.

Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018 • Race info & signup »

9) Vista Beer Run Half Marathon • Vista, CA

Just a few miles from the Pacific coastline, this race unfolds along an out-and-back run through the Vista Industrial Park, where you’ll pass by a dozen different breweries and enjoy beer from several local craft breweries when you cross the finish line.

Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018 • Race info & signup »

10) Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon • Hampton, VA

Runners will get to take in the sights and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads Harbor at this race, where there will be a Craft Brew Fest with crab chowder and beer at the finish line, waiting for all runners and their friends and families.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 • Race info & signup »

11) Livingston Manor Half Marathon • Livingston Manor, NY

Set for its inaugural running this fall along the rolling country highways of this tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of New York, this race offers runners the chance to run through beautiful scenery along an almost all-downhill route, and have a taste of craft beer at the finish line.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 • Race info & signup »

12) Hero Half Marathon • Fayetteville, AR

Get ready for a run on the trails that wind alongside Lake Fayetteville and along a pair of creeks that run through the heart of the city at this race, where there’ll be a firefighter-themed finish line with music, food trucks, a beer garden, and activities for kids.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 • Race info & signup »

13) Lexus LaceUp Ventura Half Marathon • Ventura, CA

There will be brunch and beer with ocean views after the race when you cross the finish line after this fast downhill race, most of which takes place along the Ventura River Trail outside of Ojai.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 • Race info & signup »

14) Tyranena Beer Run Half Marathon • Lake Mills, WI

Run along the neighborhood streets of this town that once was called Tyranena (or “sparkling waters” in the local Native American language), this race offers both a “half barrel” distance (13.1 miles) and a “1/6 barrel” for those who’d prefer the shorter distance of 4.3 miles.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 • Race info & signup »

15) Shiner Beer Run Half Marathon • Shiner, TX

Take a hilly run through the “cleanest little city in Texas” at this race, which finishes at the historic Spoetzl Brewery. The course unfolds through Shiner’s Green Dickson Park and features a mile-long stretch along a loose gravel road, followed by the Shiner Beer Garden when you’re done.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 • Race info & signup »

16) Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon • Rehoboth Beach, DE

Visiting the beach in Delaware isn’t usually a “must do,” but the after-party at this race is reason enough to put it on your list. The town’s picturesque scenery offers a beautiful backdrop for the fast, flat course, where all-you-can-drink beer will be waiting at the finish line along with plenty of hot food and a DJ.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 • Race info & signup »

17) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Half Marathon • Gibsonville, NC

Run along the winding trails inside Northeast Park, which lies just north of the small town of Gibsonville, just a short drive from nearby Greensboro, at this race where there will be “some great beer and an awesome finisher’s medal” at the finish line, organizers say.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 • Race info & signup »

18) Shamrock Half Marathon • Virginia Beach, VA

When a race is sponsored by a beer company — like the Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon! — you know there will be plenty of great beer at the finish line, especially at this race that starts on Pacific Avenue and finishes on the oceanfront, in front of Neptune’s Park along the beach.

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019 • Race info & signup »

19) Great Bay Half Marathon • Newmarket, NH

Sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing Company, one of New Hampshire’s biggest craft breweries, this loop race runs near the Great Bay Estuary and National Wildlife Refuge, and features a famous post-race beer party at the Riverworks and the nearby American Legion Hall.

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 • Race info & signup »

20) Horsetooth Half Marathon • Fort Collins, CO

Voted the state’s #1 half marathon by the readers of Colorado Running magazine, this race starts runners in the shadow of Horsetooth State Park for a course that includes both paved surfaces and bike trails, with some steep hills and elevation changes — and New Belgium beer waiting at the finish line.

April • Race info & signup »

21) Covered Bridges Half Marathon • Woodstock, VT

Sponsored by Harpoon Brewery, which greets runners with free food and unlimited beer at the finish line, this race follows a downhill point-to-point route that starts at the Suicide Six Ski Area in nearby South Pomfret, and runs through farmland to get to Woodstock.

Sunday, Jun. 2, 2019 • Race info & signup »

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