TBK Bank Thirsty 13 Half Marathon

Sat August 28, 2021 Durango, CO 81301 US Directions

TBK Bank Thirsty 13 Half Marathon

$75 $70 8:00AM MDT - 12:00PM MDT Registration ends August 24, 2021 at 5:00pm MDT

Now in its 8th year, the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon is a favorite race on the summer calendar.  You'll enjoy gorgeous scenery and a fast course, perfect for anyone new to the half-marathon distance as well as runners looking for a PR.

Your finish line is Durango's favorite brewery, Ska Brewing!

Our Presenting Sponsor

TBK Bank is here to help you cross your financial finish lines, because we’re on your team. TBK Bank is proud to be a part of the thriving Durango community and presenting sponsor of the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon.

Finish Line -- Ska Brewing
225 Girard Street
Durango, CO US 81301
Race Course

Start at a church, finish at a brewery!

This point-to-point race course is known for being beautiful and fast!  You start at Hesperus Church, run through gorgeous Wildcat Canyon and past beautiful Lake Nighthorse, on your way to a finish line at Ska Brewing.  There is 1400 feet of elevation loss from start to finish.

We fully expect to run our signature course this year.  However, if Covid prevents us from using buses to transport runners to the start line, we have an excellent alternate course that starts and finishes at Ska Brewing and runs on County Road 213 along the Animas River.  We fully expect to see Covid restrictions loosening over the summer, and we do not anticipate using this backup plan.  However, if you sign up for the race, we ask that you be okay with either option.

Start Line

The start line is at Hesperus Church on Highway 140 (La Plata Highway).  If you are getting your own ride to the start line (not taking our buses), drive west from Durango on Highway 160 for 10 miles, then turn left on Highway 140 and the church will on your left in a quarter mile.  There is no parking at the start line.

Race Start Time

As of March 2021, Covid guidelines require that we implement a staggered start of 25 runners at a time.  This may change by race day.  If we implement a staggered start, your assigned start time will be communicated to you two weeks before race day by e-mail, and again at packet pickup.   Staggered starts will begin at 7:45am.  We expect to have all runners on course in a span of 12 minutes. 

Official start time is 8:00am if we are able to do a mass start.

Bus To The Start Line

You have the option of arranging your own ride to the start line or using our buses.  The bus ride is a separate add-on during the registration process.  If you do not select the bus ride during your registration, we will not have a seat for you on the buses.

Buses depart from Ska Brewing between 6:45 - 7:00am.

Per current Covid requirements, buses would run at two-thirds capacity.  Masks will be required for all passengers.  Windows will be down.

If you are uncomfortable with riding the bus, please choose to find your own ride to the start line.


We will have a parking coordinator at Ska Brewing to direct you to available parking lots in the neighborhood, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, La Plata Electric Association, San Juan Basin Health, and Closets Plus.  Please allow 5 - 10 minutes to get parked and walk back to Ska Brewing.

Packet Pickup

Friday, August 27, 3 - 6:30pm, TBK Bank, 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.


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.

Aid Stations

There are 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 other snacks.


Toilets will be available at Ska Brewing, at the start line, and on the course near mile 5 and mile 9.


Spectators are welcome along the course.  The intersection of County Road 125 and County Road 141 (roughly mile 5.4) is an excellent spot with a small dirt parking area.  The grass in front of Centennial Plaza (where Creature Comforts is located) is also great -- that's mile 11.3.

As we get closer to race day, we will determine whether spectators are allowed at the finish line and post-race celebration.  This would require us to be at Level Green on the Covid dial.

Finish Line Celebration & Awards

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.


Our friends at the San Juan Brewfest are optimistic that the event will be happening this year!  The plan at the moment is for 500 guests and 15 - 20 breweries.  Of course, this is tentative and subject to change due to Covid conditions.  Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on June 1st.  There is no option this year to purchase your brewfest ticket during the race registration process.  If you are interested in attending the brewfest, please plan to purchase your ticket when they go on sale.  We will remind you as that date approaches.


Our official hotel partner is Homewood Suites.  They are the closest hotel to the finish line, just one block from Ska Brewing.  Give them a call at 866-238-4218 to reserve your room and be sure to mention the Thirsty 13.

Volunteers Needed

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 or e-mail the race director.  There are volunteer opportunities on race morning as well as the day before at packet pickup.

Covid-19 Precautions

Covid restrictions may fluctuate between now and race day, and therefore we may modify our Covid protocols accordingly.  As of right now, we plan to implement the following standard precautions: capping the race field at 175 runners; holding packet pickup outdoors; requiring masks and social distancing at packet pickup; requesting that runners and race staff self-screen for symptoms on race day and stay home if they have symptoms; requiring masks on the bus to the start line; requiring masks for aid station volunteers and other race staff.

Depending on Covid conditions in August, we may implement the following additional measures if required: a staggered start; reasonable limitations on how long runners may remain at the finish line after the race; restrictions on spectators at the finish line; as a last resort, modifying the race course to an out-and-back course to eliminate bus transportation.

Of course, we are highly optimistic that our Covid situation will be better by race day.

If you register for the race, we ask that you accept the possibility that we may need to make modifications as race day approaches.

Policy On Refunds and Transfers

As with most races, we cannot offer refunds, transfers to other runners, or transfers to future races.  This applies regardless of the reason or special circumstances for the request.  We appreciate your understanding.

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