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It's a race. It's a Brewfest. It's the First National Bank of Durango "Thirsty 13" Half Marathon!
Are you thirsty for gorgeous scenery? You won't find a course more beautiful than this one. With the majestic La Plata mountains in the background, you'll cruise through the lush pastures of Wildcat Canyon and past the pristine waters of Lake Nighthorse. This beautiful, point-to-point course has it all!
Are you thirsty for a PR? The course is mostly downhill, so you might think your watch is broken when you hit the finish line. From start to finish, you drop 1400 feet in elevation. Don't be surprised if you knock five minutes off your previous best.
Are you thirsty for a Brewfest? When you accomplish something as big as finishing a half marathon, you want a celebration that is worthy of your accomplishment. We have 50 great breweries waiting to congratulate you on your run! Your post-race party is the San Juan Brewfest, and your ticket is included with your race entry fee.
So.... Who's thirsty?
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Big thanks to First National Bank of Durango, our presenting sponsor and Durango's truly local bank, serving our community since 1882.
Friday, August 24, Noon - 6:30pm, First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th Street
If you can't make it on Friday, packets will also be available on race morning from 6:00 - 6:45am at Ska Brewing. If you need to pick up your packet on race morning, please arrive by 6:30am to ensure we can get everyone checked in on time.
If possible, please come on Friday, as this makes life easier for everyone on race morning.
We will transport you by bus from Ska Brewing to the start line at Hesperus Church on Highway 140. There is no parking at the start line, so please plan to ride the bus. You are also welcome to have a friend drop you at the start.
The buses depart Ska at 7am sharp.
We will have a parking coordinator at Ska Brewing to direct you to available space in the following lots: Ska Brewing, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, the Armory, La Plata Electric Association, San Juan Basin Health, Century Link.
Average temperature at 8am in late August is 55 degrees -- perfect running weather! Expect temperatures to reach the low 70s by 10am and mid 80s in the afternoon. While thundershowers are common in August, they rarely occur in the morning.
There are six aid stations on the course, approximately every two miles. Each station will have water, PowerAde, first aid, and friendly volunteers. The station near mile 8 will also have bananas and oranges.
Toilets will be available at Ska Brewing, at the start line, and at mile 5.4 and mile 9.7 on the course.
Finish Line Celebration and Awards Ceremony:
When you cross the finish line, we'll put an official Thirsty 13 finisher's mug in your hand, and send you to the bar where you can fill it with a complimentary Ska beer. And get ready for the best finish line food you've ever had, compliments of Nini's Taqueria. The awards ceremony will begin at 11am.
San Juan Brewfest!
Grab a quick shower, and let's all head over to Buckley Park, where 50 breweries are waiting to congratulate you on your run. The Brewfest is from 1pm - 5pm. We encourage you to wear your race shirt so we can find each other and celebrate together.
Bring your ID, and remember that your Brewfest ticket is non-transferable.
Do you have a friend or family member who will be at the race and wants to help out? Volunteers get a race shirt, food and beer, and an invite to our volunteer appreciation party. Volunteering is way more fun than just standing around waiting for a runner to finish, so please encourage your friends and family to sign up here or e-mail the race director. And if you want to volunteer, we need help the day before the race at packet pickup.
As with most races, we are unable to offer refunds, transfers to other runners, or transfers to future years. This policy applies regardless of the reason for the request. We appreciate your understanding.