Races with the Best Post-Race Parties
You'll want to add these 13 races to your calendar—not for the scenic courses or flashy medals, but for the unforgettable post-race parties.
Peace Love Run San DiegoApril 2, 2016, San Diego 1 of 15
Been looking for a way to declare your love for the '60s? The Peace Love Run event is a super groovy way to bring back the far out decade.
Pull out your best bell-bottoms and tie-dye for this 5K, 10K or half marathon. Don't be surprised if you see Sonny, Cher or any of the Beatles at the '60s-themed finish line festival (or even on the course), as runners are encouraged to don their favorite hip threads. A live band will play '60s and '70s grooves as you recover with water and bagels.
2016 Amerihealth NJ April Fools' Half MarathonApril 3, 2016, Atlantic City, N.J. 2 of 15
Run through sleepy beach towns surrounded by peaceful ocean views during this half marathon that starts and finishes on the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Runners finish in front of Margaritaville's Landshark Bar & Grill, where the beachfront after-party begins with a costume contest, entertainment and, of course, beer.
Dionysus DashApril 10, 2016, Livermore, Calif. 3 of 15
What's a race without a little post-run celebratory wine? Named after the Greek goddess of wine, the Dionysus Dash at Livermore winds through the Concannon Vineyards while rows of plump grapes tempt you toward the finish line.
Registration includes a post-race wine tasting, race T-shirt, commemorative wine glass and a picnic in the vineyard.
Want to up the fun factor? Dress up as Dionysus and enter the race costume contest. Because running in costume is just that much better.
Zappos.com Bay to BreakersMay 15, 2016, San Francisco 4 of 15
Since launching in 1912, millions have taken part in the sometimes zany Zappos.com Bay to Breakers 12K. The race, which runs from San Francisco Bay to the Great Highway at Ocean Beach, always features a wild range of runners both serious and outrageously costumed.
Join them and you'll continue the wacky fun post-race with live entertainment, food and beer with 50,000 of your closest friends.
Edge the LedgeJune 26, 2016, Fond du lac, Wisc. 5 of 15
Part trail run, part obstacle race, this 5K is a break from your standard road race. You'll run, jump, crawl and swing through the course, and this year's pirate theme is sure to get you in the mood for a post-race parrrghty.
After crossing the finish, dig into a delicious buffet, partake in a couple of frosty adult beverages, listen to live music and celebrate your accomplishment with all your best mateys.
Nebraska State Fair MarathonAug. 27, 2016, Grand Island, Neb. 6 of 15
So you want to indulge in some notoriously delicious deep-fried state fair food? Why not earn those calories by finishing the Nebraska State Fair Marathon, which begins and ends on the state fairgrounds. There's a marathon, half marathon, 5K and even a kids' fun run to choose from, so you're sure to find something that fits everyone's style.
The course is billed as the flattest marathon in the country, but with a post-race celebration that includes roller coaster rides and funnel cakes, this race earns a top spot on our list for more than just a 26.2 PR.
Rockfest Half Marathon & 5KOct. 2, 2016, Hampton, N.H. 7 of 15
Set a PR at the flattest course in New England and then go celebrate on Hampton Beach. After finishing 13.1 or 3.1 miles, have your friends and family join you at the post-race rock n' roll concert. Partygoers will enjoy Yankee faves like lobster rolls, clam "chowdah," Stonyfield yogurt and Smuttynose Beer.
Jazz Half MarathonOct. 29, 2016, New Orleans 8 of 15
What better place to celebrate a half marathon or 5K finish than in downtown New Orleans? The Jazz Half Marathon and 5K courses start and finish in Lafayette Square, where the after-party plans include a jazzy lineup of local bands, hot plates of jambalaya, red beans and rice, beer and sno-balls on a stick.
2016 Haunted HustleOct. 29-30, 2016, Middleton, Wisc. 9 of 15
Bring out the whole family to celebrate Halloween in spooky style with a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon. There's even a kids' fun run and 5K stroller dash to get the little ones involved.
After the race, make some s'mores for the family, warm yourself around a bonfire, enter your costumes in the race contest and dance with your ghoul-friend or boo-friend to a live band.
Shiner Beer RunNov. 19, 2016, Shiner, Texas 10 of 15
If you're eyeing a small race that still boasts a big post-race celebration, the Shiner Beer Run is the event for you. The Texas town so loved it had a beer named after it hosts a 5K and a half marathon in and around the "Cleanest Little City in Texas," offering views of the Lone Star state's countryside.
The half marathon course is fairly hilly, but you'll celebrate your hard-earned finish with a tour of the historic Spoetzl Brewery, live music, food and of course, Shiner beer.
Electric RunVarious Dates and Cities in 2016 11 of 15
This ain't your mom's 5K—but your mom is more than welcome to register.
The name of this night race suits it well, featuring high-energy music, glowing neon everywhere you look and dance zones on the course. A downright epic post-race party includes a live DJ, light show synced to your glowing armband and more dancing and fun with your friends.
Dole Great Race of Agoura HillsMarch 2017, Agoura Hills, Calif. 12 of 15
This California race series features two half marathons, the Pacific Half Marathon road race and the Chesebro Half Marathon, which is mostly trail.
There are also 5K and 10K races plus a 1-mile run for kids, but the party starts at the finish line with a live band and DJ, obstacle courses, an assortment of food and a gigantic rock wall for your conquering pleasure.
Shamrock MarathonMarch 2017, Virginia Beach, Va. 13 of 15
From the 26.2-yard Leprechaun Dash to the 26.2-mile Yuengling Marathon (and various options in between), the Shamrock Marathon event offers something for everyone. All race distances end at the shore for a good old-fashioned beach party.
Over 21? Then you're invited to celebrate with up to four free Yuengling beers at the finish. Live music blasts during the two-day event, and plenty of Murphy's Irish Stew is served up to hungry runners after the race.
BeerFit Running SeriesLocations and dates vary 14 of 15
This fun series has races all over the country and focuses on three things: running, beer and charity. Does it get any better than that? The race offers both a classic 5K distance and a brew mile, which is BeerFit's take on the famous beer mile, and involves chugging two beers as you run.
After you finish, hit up the after-party for awards, prizes, games, music and dancing—and of course, free, ice-cold beer. All 5K finishers that are of age will receive two free brews.