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. 

You’re a runner. You like free beer. And you like VIP treatment. Come join us for all this and more at this year’s Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K with an optional RUNVENTURE UPGRADE PACKAGE in beautiful San Diego, California.


2018 Registration – Save big on $100 Road Runner Sports Gift Card!

Half Marathon


Regular Entry



Entry w/$100 Road Runner Sports Gift Card



Race Entry with Runventure Upgrade Package



Runventure Upgrade Package
(race entry not included)



*Next price increase on 10/1/18. 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


Runner Perks

• “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


Beer Garden

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

Prepare your running and beer drinking muscles for Craft Classic. Join us for a free 5K social run from Green Flash on August 2, September 6 and October 4. The first 50 attendees get a free beer and everyone has a chance at raffle prizes from Road Runner Sports and Green Flash! RSVP and learn more HERE.


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.

Course Map



Packet Pickup

Pre-Race Packet Pickup is mandatory for all participants! If you can’t attend, someone will be able to pick up for you.
Packet Pickup will take place at Road Runner Sports San Diego
Friday, October 19 from 12:00-7:00PM
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00AM-5:00PM


Prizes & Awards

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!


Age Groups

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.


 Charity Partner

AHA Logo 2013 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!


Photos & Results

2017 Photos
2017 Results
2016 Photos
2016 Results


Transfer & Cancelation Policy

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 for a fee. If you can’t attend the 2018 race, you can email by October 7, 2018 and request to defer to next year’s race.