TBK Bank Thirsty 13 Half Marathon

Sat August 28, 2021 Durango, CO 81301 US Directions

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

Option 1:  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.  It's one of the best race courses you'll find anywhere.

Option 2:  Our alternate course is a beautiful out-and-back along the Animas River on La Posta Road, starting and finish at Ska Brewing.  This course is mostly flat, and the scenery is fantastic.

If you sign up for the race, we ask that you be okay with either option.  It's possible option 1 may not be available, as it requires transporting runners to the start line on buses, which may or may not be feasible.  We will know for sure at least 30 days prior to race day.

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.

For the alternate course (out and back on La Posta Road), the start line is at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard Street.

Race Start Time

Official start time is 8:00am and we are planning for a mass start, not a staggered start.  We would only switch to a staggered start if required to do so for Covid reasons, which does not look likely.  If that happens, 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 20 minutes.

But for now, assume it's a mass start at 8am.

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

For our alternate race course (out and back on La Posta Road), no bus transportation is required.


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, 2 - 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.  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.

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.


The San Juan Brewfest is happening this year!  The plan at the moment is for 1000 tickets for Saturday and 1000 more on Sunday,  and at least 20 breweries in attendance.  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

As of May 2021, we plan to run at full capacity, with a mass start.  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.

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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