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Celebrating our 10th anniversary, 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!
Your post-race party is the San Juan Brewfest!
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.
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, and finish right in the beer garden at Ska Brewing.
The course is mostly downhill, with 1400 feet of elevation loss from start to finish.
It's one of the best race courses you'll find anywhere!
* In the unlikely event that our race course is unavailable, we do have an alternate course.
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 be on your left in a quarter mile. There is no parking at the start line.
8am mass start.
Buses depart from Ska Brewing between 6:45 - 7:00am. We strongly encourage you to ride the buses we provide, as it reduces vehicle traffic on the highway near the start line. If you choose to arrange your own ride to the start line, your driver must depart immediately upon dropping you off to prevent traffic congestion. There is no parking anywhere at the start. This will be enforced by Colorado State Patrol.
We will have a parking coordinator at Ska Brewing to direct you to available parking lots in the neighborhood, including Southwest Beverage, Closets Plus, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, La Plata Family Medicine, Zuberfizz, Juniper School, San Juan Basin Health, and La Plata Electric Association. Please allow 5 - 10 minutes to get parked and walk back to Ska Brewing to board the buses.
There is absolutely no parking at the start line in Hesperus.
Friday, August 25, 1 - 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.
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. There are plenty of good spots that have pullouts on the side of the road where you can park.
Please do not have your cheering section drive along the race course next to you while you are running.
We welcome runners of all abilities, and we offer a generous time limit of 3 hours 30 minutes. This is a 16 minute/mile pace. If you are slower than that, you must carry your own water and a cell phone for emergencies as the aid stations will close before you arrive.
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. The awards ceremony will begin at 11am.
This is the BEST post-race celebration ever! The San Juan Brewfest features unlimited samples from over 35 breweries. Buckley Park, 1 - 5pm.
You will have the option of including a Brewfest ticket with your race registration for just $30 more. That's a 40% discount (regular price is $50)! Our allotment of discounted Brewfest tickets is limited. Once they are gone, you can still buy them at full price ($50) directly from the Brewfest organizers.
Tickets for the general public go on sale June 1st through the San Juan Brewfest website, if you would like to buy tickets for friends and family.
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.
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.
Currently, we do not anticipate any modifications to the race due to Covid. If our Covid situation changes, we will of course follow public health guidance and prioritize your safety. If you register for the race, we ask that you accept the possibility that we may need to make modifications as race day approaches.
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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