Running? Good! Beer? Even better! Combine the two and you have a doubly wonderful time, as each of these races across the country can attest. But it’s not all about getting your drink on (ok, maybe it is). Read on to learn what these races have to offer beyond the bottom of a pint glass.
7 Boozy Races That Save the Best for Last
Labor Day Mac n' Cheese 5KSept. 4, 2016; Palm Harbor, Fla. 1 of 8
Participants eagerly line up at New England's Ale House each year to race for the gold at the finish line. We aren't talking about a finishing medal—no, we're talking about the cheesy golden goodness that is the restaurant's famous macaroni and cheese. And while this isn't a traditional beer race in the sense that your favorite ice cold beverage is awaiting you at the finish line, the mac n' cheese does need to be chased with something, right?
Cosmo 7KSept. 24, 2016; Central Point, Ore. 2 of 8
This all-ladies fun run treats participants to a variety of Three Olives Vodka Cosmos at the finish of the 7K. The whole event includes friends, food, music and even shopping. Registrants are gifted with a finisher medal, tech tee, goodie bag and a martini glass for sampling different styles of cosmos. The race is capped, so gather your girlfriends and register now to ensure some sipping time!
Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5KOct. 1, 2016; Fort Worth, TX 3 of 8
North Texas really enjoys doing it big for Oktoberfest, and one the most festive celebrations occurs at the famous Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Fort Worth. Grab your traditional German garb, and get ready to run or walk this celebration of all things beer. Live German polka music and hand-crafted German-style lagers await finishers in the bier garden.
Newport Bay to Brews 2016Oct. 15, 2016; Newport, Ore. 4 of 8
You might excuse the hungry gleam in the race participants' eyes once you realize what awaits them at the finish line: Mo's World Famous Clam Chowder, chased with Rogue Ales & Spirits craft beer. While the food offerings might be really exciting, the views aren't too shabby, either. The looped course (one time around the loop for the 10K; twice for the half marathon) takes participants along the bay, through the forest and onto the beach path in South Beach Park. The race finishes along the jetty and under the famous Bay Bridge. Live music will accompany the beer and clam chowder.
Tyranena Beer RunNov. 5, 2016; Lake Mills, Wisc. 5 of 8
Come for the beer, stay for the cash prizes—or maybe we have that backward. Both routes of the race (a 13.1 and a 4.37 mile) begin and end at the Tyranena Beer Run . All participants receive a Tyranena Beer Run t-shirt, two drink tickets for beer—or another beverage of choice—and a ticket for a post-race dinner. Cash prizes are also awarded for each age group/route. The race is in its 11th year, and it's obvious why it's so popular.
Bakers Dozen Beer Run 2016Sept. 17, 2016; Marshall, Mich. 6 of 8
What does a bakers' dozen have to do with beer? Well, if you're the brewery hosting the event, you kind of get rights to do with it whatever you want. And Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall, Mich., elected for donuts at the start of the race, followed by post-race imbibing. This race is all about fun, allowing participants to choose between running, biking, relaying or walking. You can probably come up with any novel way of completing the race, and there's a chance they'd approve it—but no promises.
2017 Santo de Mayo 5K Presented by the University of Houston – DowntownMay 7, 2017; Houston, TX 7 of 8
Any mention of Houston, Texas, is liable to bring with it thoughts of humidity and sprawl. But the city has a lot to offer, including claims to Texas' oldest craft brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, where this race begins and ends. It also takes place in May (hence the name, Santo de Mayo), so that humid weather isn't anything you have to sweat about. Don't have many friends who are into running? No worries—invite anyone and everyone to hang out at the after party party and cheer on the participants.