You'll want to add these races to your calendar—not for the scenic courses or flashy medals, but for the unforgettable post-race parties.
TWFG Muddy Trails BashApril 1, 2017 in The Woodlands, Texas 1 of 11
Named after Mud Bugs—or crawfish—this race has one of the best parties in Texas. Not only does it features the typical music, food and fun, but also features the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off, where you can taste some of the best Cajun food around. Race in the morning and spend the rest of your day relaxing with good food and good company.
Bridge to BrewsApril 9, 2017 in Portland, Ore. 2 of 11
Will you run for beer? What about cider, wine or spirits? If you answered yes to any of those, you're in luck! Run in either the 10K or 8K race and enjoy the post-race beer tasting festival afterwards. With tons of great local breweries, distilleries and wineries to choose from, there's something for everybody.
Oklahoma City Wicked Wine RunApril 15, 2017 in Edmond, Okla. 3 of 11
This isn't your typical race. Sign up for this evening race and run or walk through the manor at Coffee Creek, enjoying a glass of wine, a live concert, more wine, food trucks—and did we mention wine? Sign up for the 5K with a celebratory glass at the finish or participate in the 1K Tasting Walk for sips along the way.
Iron Pig DuathlonApril 29, 2017 in Fayetteville, Ark. 4 of 11
Are you a runner that is looking for a new challenge? If so, then this duathlon is for you. Run, bike, run your way through Fayetteville, then celebrate the feat at the post-race festival. Plus, you could win more than just bragging rights as door prizes, flights, gift certificates and more are on the line.
2017 Divas Half Marathon & 5K in ChicagolandApril 30, 2017 in Lake Zurich, Ill. 5 of 11
Pink, tutus, boas and tiaras along the course, shirtless hunks and great post-race entertainment—what more could you ask for?! Race in the 5K or try your hand at the half marathon and then treat yourself at the health & fitness boutique, featuring the latest trends, designs and advances in running shoes and apparel.
Jailbreak SPI 2017May 6, 2017 in South Padre Island, Texas 6 of 11
Cinco de May comes every year but you only have one chance at Cinco de Jailbreak! Show people what you're made of on this 5K, 20 obstacle course. But that's not the most exciting part. The post-race celebration is a can't-miss affair. Relax and recover at the Texas-sized beach party at the largest beach bar in the Lonestar State.
2017 St. Michaels Running FestivalMay 20, 2017 in St. Michaels, Md. 7 of 11
This premiere running event for all ages and athletic abilities is guaranteed not to disappoint. Not only does the course wind along the beautiful waterfront of the historic town of St. Michaels, but it also features a post-race celebration at Runner's Village, located behind the St. Michael's Brewery. Celebrate your achievements with live music, free beer and great giveaways.
Quarry Crusher – ColumbiaMarch 25, 2017 in Columbia, S.C. 8 of 11
Get ready to "rock" the quarry. Not only is this race a test of your skill and perseverance—with a 10 percent average downgrade on some descents—it'll also get you hyped before the fun even begins with a pre-race party sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Rose Festival Half MarathonMay 28, 2017 in Beaverton, Ore. 9 of 11
Chart new territory in this Portland suburb, racing through the city's popular Wetlands Park and dash along unique landscapes and ancient natural areas. But make sure you stick around for the festivities as the Rose Festival will be going on all weekend. Grab an authentic Rose Festival brew, visit the Rose Festival museum or even check out the waterfront activities. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a little running and a whole lot of fun.
Narragansett Summer Running FestivalJuly 15, 2017 in Easton, Mass. 10 of 11
You don't want to miss this iconic summer celebration, filled with two days of racing, live music and one of the best post-race parties in running. The festivities will get underway early with music and the beloved Narragansett Beer Garden, where participants can use the tickets on their bibs to claim a couple of iced-cold brewskies.