Indulge in two of San Diego’s true loves: Running and Craft Beer! The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a unique San Diego course with sweeping views, challenging hills and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line at Green Flash Brewing Co. Race giveaways for all participants include a commemorative event shirt and beer glass, special finisher’s medal, a free beer at Green Flash and free race photos.
2018 Registration – Save big on $100 Road Runner Sports Gift Card!
Road Runner Sports Gift Card
*Next price increase on 7/23/18. Your gift card will be sent to you within 3 weeks of registration and may be redeemed in store or online. Cannot be used on previous purchases or combined with other offers. Offer and availability subject to change. Some exclusions may apply. Click here for details.
2017 Highlight Video
Half Marathon Course Tour Video
• “On A Beer Run” soft cotton t-shirt or women’s tank top
• Commemorative beer glass
• Custom finisher’s medal
• One free beer on race day
• Free race photos
Craft Classic participants and guests 21 and over are invited to enjoy the post-race beer garden, brought to you by Green Flash Brewing Co., starting at 8:00 AM. Not only will participants receive a complimentary beer at the tents outside in the beer garden, but the Green Flash tasting room will be open and offering a 25% discount on draft beer to all race bib holders.
To enter the beer garden, you must have your ID verified and receive an official beer garden wristband. ID checkers will be on hand before and after the race. IMPORTANT NOTE: Absolutely no one under the age of 21 will be admitted, including infants. (Sorry, San Diego rules.) Those under 21 are still welcome to participate in the race and will have access to the post-race refreshments, restrooms and awards area. Additionally, any unused Craft Classic beer tickets may be redeemed for a free beer at the Green Flash tasting room until 11/30/18.
Parking and Shuttles
Participants who plan to enjoy the beer garden are highly encouraged to use a ride share service to get to and from the race! For those who plan to drive, Half Marathoners should arrive EARLY at the finish line area to park and take a shuttle to the start line. The shuttles run from 4:30-5:30AM. There is no official race parking at the Half Marathon start line, so if you choose to park there, it’s at your own risk. There are no shuttles returning to the start line after the race.
Half Marathon and 5K participants can park in the large parking lot at 6450 Sequence Dr., San Diego, CA 92121. Your best route is to take Mira Mesa Blvd. to Genetic Center Dr. and it runs right into the parking lot. Parking attendants will be on hand to direct you to available spaces. Once that lot is full, you should look for street parking in the neighborhood, including Genetic Center Dr., Viper Way or Waples St. Note that you will not be able to park directly next to Green Flash or any of the streets to the east of the brewery due to road closures for the race.
If you are being dropped off at the Half Marathon start area, you will have a designated passenger drop-off area located on Torrey Santa Fe Road that can be accessed via the east side of Camino Del Sur.
FREE Social Run Series
Log your training miles for Craft Classic and make new running friends over a tasty Green Flash brew! 2018 schedule coming soon.
Route 56 Race Series Half Marathon Medal
Participate in both the 2018 Craft Classic Half Marathon and 2018 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon and receive a special Route 56 Series medal that will be handed out at the Holiday Half finish line expo. You must register for Holiday Half by October 15 to qualify for the series medal.
Pre-Race Packet Pickup is mandatory for all participants! If you can’t attend, someone will be able to pick up for you.
Get pumped up knowing the top three overall male and female finishers will receive awesome awards, as well as the top three finishers in EACH age group! Your chances are looking good! Top male and female Half Marathon finishers will WIN THEIR WEIGHT IN BEER!
17 & under 18-24 25-29 30-34 35-39
40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64
65-69 70-74 75+
Half Marathon Course Cutoff
The half marathon course will be closed at 3.5 hours. Starting at mile 7, participants who are not maintaining a 16-minute-per-mile pace will be picked up by a SAG vehicle. Anyone picked up by the SAG vehicle will have the opportunity to be dropped off further along the course.
Athletes Helping Athletes provides individually-propelled adaptive bikes to children with permanent physical disabilities 18 years and younger. You’d be amazed at the power a adaptive bike has to take a child from being stuck on the sidelines to becoming a full participant in the fun!
Race registration and fees are non-refundable with the ONLY exception being military orders. You can transfer your bib to another runner by September 30, 2018 directly through Events.com for a fee. If you can’t attend the 2018 race, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 7, 2018 and request to defer to next year’s race.