Will Run For Beer 5k


Race Information

The Will Run For Beer 5k offers runners a rare chance to see where the world’s best craft beer is made! The race starts and finishes at Smuttynose Brewery where thousands of runners will traverse scenic rural roads lined with hay fields and stone walls before finishing with a day-long party at the brewery featuring live music, great food, and delicious craft beer!

The 5k course is relatively flat and traverses quiet, tree-lined streets in scenic Hampton, NH.

Related Events

Did you know that this race is part of a series of runs? If you like this race you may want to run one of the following Will Run For Beer Series events.

Loco Palooza Feb 23, 2020 Road Road 5k Road The Hampton Half Marathon & 5k Mar 8, 2020 Road Road 5k Half-marathon Road April Fools 4 Miler Mar 28, 2020 Road Road Other 4mi Road Great Bay Half Marathon Apr 5, 2020 Road Road 5k Half-marathon Road Portsmouth Half May 3, 2020 Road Road Half-marathon Road Big Lake Half Marathon May 16, 2020 Road Road Half-marathon Road What Moves You Jun 7, 2020 Road Road 5k Road Will Run For Beer 5k Jun 21, 2020 Road Road 5k Road Hub City Half and 5K Sep 13, 2020 Road Road 5k Half-marathon Marathon Fundraiser Road Annual Hangover Classic 10k and 5k Road Races Jan (TBD), 2021 Road Road 5k 10k Road First Run 5k/10k Jan (TBD), 2021 Road Road 5k 10k Road

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Gunstock Mountain Resort, New Hampshire
July 23, 2016

Gunstock Resort

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July 23, 2016 Timing Results


Amazing Prizes:

Going for the Gold…’en ale? Amazing prizes for best team costume, best team name, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Not to mention, awards for 16th, 64th, 128th & last place! Lot of Local Craft Beer = Everyone Wins

Cool Swag & Beer:

Quench your thirsty race pallet with 12 of your favorite New England area craft beers along the course! Then, after you cross the finish line, grab your t-shirt, growler and head to the party!

Priceless Memories:

Good People, Good Beer, Good Times. Put your squad together for a day to remember. Join the relay revolution. #craftbeerrelay


Happy Hour: $229 per team – Ends February 29th

Standard: $249 per team – End June 30th

Last Call: $289 per team – Ends July 23rd


The, most likely by now, world famous, Craft Beer Relay is coming to New England, July 23, 2016! The relay and beer festival is all happening at beautiful Gunstock Mountain Resort.


  • Check-in starts at 11am
  • Festival opens at 11am
  • Brewery’s start pouring cold ones 11am
  • Heats start at 1pm
  • Live music starts at 3pm
  • Awards at 6pm
  • Doors close at 8pm


Take in the spectacle that is the Craft Beer Relay from the festival. Enjoy cold craft beers from the local participating breweries, games, live music and the awards show, including best costumes, team names, fastest times and more.


It’s a relay and you’re going to need your best drinking partners, running friends, or that crazy acquaintance who is always down for a good time while wearing just a Speedo. Don’t have a team, no worries, register as an individual and we’ll make sure you make it onto a team of soon to be good friends.


  • A team of 4
  • Killer costumes

  • Your ID
  • A print out of your registration confirmation and any comp codes used.

  • Cash for the delicious food trucks and beer tickets

  • A safe plan you and your team to get home. Let us know, we can help with transportation.

  • Clear eyes, full heart and you can’t lose


Packet pickup and check-in will start at 11am the day of the relay. All team members must have their ID’s with them, and the team captain, must have the registration confirmation.


$10 per car


Can’t run the event or want to participate in a different way? Volunteer! Volunteers get a Free Shirt, Free Lunch and Free Drink Tickets. Sign up online to volunteer and pick your activity.


This isn’t Cricket, The Craft Beer Relay is a spectator’s sport. Come enjoy the festival and chaos of the race. This is a 21 and over event and entry is $10.


We’re all about good clean fun. Lets keep it smart, classy and use good common sense to make this the event you’ve heard that it is. Beer stations are provided on the course, but it is the racers discretion to stop and drink. Non Alcoholic options will be available. Racers who are deemed unable to race will be removed from the course at the operator discretion. Safe transportation is the responsibility of the participant.


Close to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, camping at Gunstock Mountain Resort puts you in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, numerous crystal clear lakes, a diverse assortment of recreational opportunities and small New England villages, Gunstock offers a rustic alpine setting for your visit to New Hampshire.

Reserve your camp spot today and make a weekend out of it!

By showing your race bib, you can take a chair lift ride for $10 and also get $10 off any adventure that weekend Saturday and Sunday (Zip Tour, Aerial treetop Adventure or Discover Pass).

16 Awesome Races That Involve Booze

Let’s be honest for a minute: Running kind of sucks sometimes.

Sure, it’s great for your heart, helps you stay in shape, and can give you enough endorphins to complete a marathon. But it also makes our muscles burn, hurts our lungs, and drains energy like woah.

But there is one thing that makes the tough sport better: booze. To experience the union of two epic elements (running and alcohol), we found the best races that involve both. Go ahead—pick your poison.

Harpoon 5-Miler

May 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts

Under the belief that every great run deserves a great beer, the Harpoon 5-Miler rewards runners with kegs of Harpoon and UFO tapped and ready at the finish. Runners get two free beer tickets included in registration for the post-race party. Don’t worry if it takes more than that to replenish your lost electrolytes—additional beer tickets can be purchased on-site for $6. It’s not all beer and games, though: Proceeds from the event go to The Angel Fund, a nonprofit charity benefiting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. Just be sure to sign up early! The race through South Boston is so popular the 4,000 lucky participants must be randomly selected through a lottery.

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon

July 17, 2016 in Napa and Sonoma Valley, California

The flagship event in the Wine Country Half-Marathon Series, this popular and scenic race begins at the Cuvaison Carneros Winery and ends at the historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall. Along the way, runners experience wine country at its best, passing through rows of rolling vineyards, picturesque landscapes, and even a wildlife preserve. Past the finish line, a wine and music festival awaits. Not ready for a half-marathon? You can still earn your wine. The GunBunFunRun 5K follows the final three miles of the half-marathon course and ends at the same post-race festival. Translation? Less work gets you just as much booze.

Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon

July 10, 2016 in Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ideal for those who like long-distance running as much as they enjoy generous pours of wine, the Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon features a course full of rolling hills through the unpaved vineyard trails of Oregon’s world-class wine region. Though the course is a difficult one, it will all be worth it once you’re wearing your race medal and sipping some of the state’s finest wines with friends and family members. Race registration includes a logo wine glass and a well-earned tasting of Dundee Hills wines.

The Bend Beer Chase

June 4, 2016 in Bend, Oregon

For the ultimate team-bonding (and team-drinking) experience, there’s the Bend Beer Chase. The one-day, six-person relay race is approximately 70 miles long and winds through central Oregon. The distance is broken up into 12 legs of varying mileage, so that while one runner pounds the pavement, the remaining team members follow along in a van for the best, smelliest, road trip ever.Once the relay portion is over, the real fun begins. Runners ditch their vans and follow the remaining Keg Leg portion of the course on foot, stopping at six breweries. At each stop, teams can enjoy beer samples before they ultimately reach the finish line (the last brewery), where even more booze, food, prizes, and swag awaits.

Smuttynose Will Run for Beer 5K

June 26, 2016 in Hampton, New Hampshire

The main event of the Will Run for Beer race series, this 5K is held on the grounds of the new Smuttynose Brewery. The course is a single-loop run on the rural back roads of Hampton, and crosses a small pond, stone walls, and beautiful open fields. The race is open to runners of all ages, and when it’s complete, there’s a live band, plus plenty of beer for those over age 21.

Flying Fish 5K Brewery Run

September 10, 2016 in Somerdale, New Jersey

The Flying Fish 5K begins and ends at the brewery, so it’s guaranteed to be a nonstop party. After the timed 3.1-mile course, finishers are treated to an official beer mug for Oktoberfest sampling. And if you run extra fast, you might just be first in line for a brewery tour post race! After-party festivities coincide with the annual Somerdale Day activities, featuring a beer garden that serves Flying Fish beer, lawn games, live music, great food, local vendors, and a vintage car show.

Riverwest Beer Run and Walk

June 12, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you’ve ever wondered, “How many beers can I drink in 1.8 miles?” then the Riverwest Beer Run and Walk is for you. The 1.8-mile route through the streets of Riverwest kicks off the annual Locust Street Festival of Music and Arts, and challenges runners to down four 4-ounce beers along the way. However, nothing’s stopping runners from grabbing more than four drinks if they want to challenge their livers—though it could compromise their finish time. Participants are invited to dress up in costume and stick around for the festival, which includes bands, food, vendors, artists, and street performers.

Run for Victory

May 21, 2016 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Looking to run a PR and celebrate with lots of suds? Victory Brewing Company’s Run for Victory is where it’s at. Combine a flat, 3.1-mile course and the promise of beer just past the finish line, and you’ve got the perfect motivating factors to run at top speed.

Shamrock 5K Beer Run

March 12, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Get a move on at the Shamrock 5K Beer Run, a 3.1 mile trot through downtown Indianapolis that involves downing three-ounce beers five times throughout the course. At the finish line, participants get a full pint and commemorative glass to continue the celebration. They won’t, however, get an official time: Race organizers encourage runners to ditch their pro dreams and GPS watches and instead take in the laidback atmosphere.

Run the Vineyards’ Wines and Vines 5K

May 15, 2016 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

If you like the idea of a wine-themed half-marathon but can’t trek to the West Coast, this race offers shorter mileage, similar scenary, and an East Coast locale. Once runners complete the 3.1-mile course, they’re invited to relax at the after-party at Penns Woods Winery, where they can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, live music, food vendors, and lawn games.

Yards Beer Runs

Third Tuesday of Each Month in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Love beer and running but don’t necessarily want to race? Yards Beer Runs and Happy Hours are offered the third Tuesday of every month and don’t require race bibs, timing chips, or fancy watches. Runners meet at the southeast corner of Franklin Square and run a 4.25-mile route across the Ben Franklin Bridge and back before retreating to Yards Brewing Company to drink beers among new and old friends.

Lose Your Resolution Beer Run

January 2, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

If your New Year’s resolutions involve getting fit and eating healthier, this race isn’t a great idea. But it is a helluva good time! The race invites individuals to walk, jog, or run a 0.5K or 5K (that’s .3 miles or 3.1-miles, respectively) through Minneapolis before binging on beer, bacon, pizza, and ice cream at the post-race party. Finishers get a free Day Block Brewing Company beer, a good feeling knowing that some of the race funds go directly to charity, and the right to say, “I’ll try again next year.”

Beer and running are two things that just belong together, like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. It’s a trend that’s taken the race world by storm, proliferating in events that could be considered races with a drinking problem or beer festivals in disguise.

No matter what you call them, we’re not complaining! We’ve compiled this list of the best beer runs in the country to get you moving and boozing.

Sept. 9, 2017 | Somerdale, NJ

The Flying Fish 5K is a classic beertastic celebration that the whole family can enjoy! Ages 10 and up are welcome to compete in the race that starts and ends at the Flying Fish Brewery, where adult participants will receive a finisher’s glass full of award-winning Oktoberfish ale. From there, the party goes all day in coordination with the annual Somerdale Festival. Take a tour of the brewery, sip on more beverages in the Beer Garden, and enjoy live music, food trucks, cornhole and life-size beer pong.

Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5k

Oct. 15, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

With two distances, the Craft Classic lets you have a little more running with your beer if you’d like. Either way, you’ll receive a hearty side of swag with a commemorative pint glass (with free beer from Huss Brewing Co., of course), finisher’s medal, race photos and live athlete tracking. You’ll also get a sweet “On a Beer Run” t-shirt that’s perfect for your next run, whether it’s to the liquor store or not. Oh, and bring your A-game to the half marathon: the top male and female finishers win their weight in beer!

Blood, Sweat & Beers

Photo from desertdash.com

Feb. 24, 2018 | Boulder City, NV

This isn’t your typical race-and-drink fun run; here, you have to earn your beer. There’s a variety of distances in Blood, Sweat & Beers including a 5K, 10K, half marathon, 30K and marathon, but each one is a challenging trail course through beautiful Bootleg Canyon. While every finisher receives free beer and barbecue, you’ll have to complete the Dirty Double, running one distance during the day and another at night, to receive their signature Pilsner glass and some serious bragging rights.

Harpoon 5 Miler

May 21, 2017 | Boston, MA

The Harpoon 5 Miler combines some of our favorite things: charity, beer, and Boston. You’ll have to enter a lottery to be one of the 5,000 runners who gets to race on this out-and-back course each year, so keep an eye on this one! Once you’re in, you’ll run along Pleasure Bay and enjoy an awesome post-race party featuring keg bowling, dancing, two free beers and scrumptious Italian food to boot. Plus, your booze benefits a good cause: the race has raised more than $1 million for ALS research.

Red Coyote Runtoberfest 5K

TBD 2017 | Oklahoma City, OK

Red Coyote’s Runtoberfest is another family-friendly beer run that you – and your kids – won’t want to miss. After a pleasant run through Oklahoma City’s Midtown neighborhood, kick back with live music and a few local brews in the COOP Aleworks beer garden. The youngins can enjoy their very own root beer, prizes for all athletes younger than 12, and an all-ages costume contest. Just be sure you sign up early to receive your Runtoberfest race shirt and commemorative beer glass!

Tacos ‘n Beer 5K or Burgers & Beer 5K

May 6, 2017 | Long Beach, CA or July 17, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Tacos or beer? We couldn’t decide, so we’ll leave it up to you! The Tacos ‘n Beer 5K in California is a non-stop fiesta from start to finish with a mechanical bull, medals for all, mariachi bands, costume contests, and of course, free tacos and beer for every participant.

On the other hand, you can head to Chicago for the Burgers and Beer 5K. This evening race is a flat and fast course that ends at the home of the Chicago Bears. Every participant is offered a complimentary craft beer and burger (including veggie options)!

Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run

Photo from Facebook.com/hudy14k

Sept. 16, 2017 | Cincinnati, OH

The Hudepohl 14K is a true beer lover’s run. Organized by the folks behind the Flying Pig Marathon, this race kicks off the city’s Oktoberfest celebration, which is the biggest outside of Munich! You’ll run past historic breweries all the way to the finish at Moerlein Lager House. Once there, you can feast on craft beer and chili cheese dogs with your fellow beer run fanatics. You’ll also take home a commemorative pint glass and bottle opener medal, so you can always relive this one-of-a-kind experience.

Craft Brew Races Portland

July 1, 2017 | Portland, ME

For craft beer connoisseurs, the Craft Brew Race series is the place to be. The walker-friendly 5K ends in Portland’s picturesque Payson Park, where you can play cornhole, listen to live music, browse food trucks and enjoy unlimited – yes, unlimited – samples from 30+ local breweries. Your non-running and/or non-drinking friends can also take part with a festival-only or Designated Driver ticket.

June 25, 2017 | Hampton, NH

To take full advantage of this beer run, you’ll want to complete 5 out of the 8 Smuttynose races that take place throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You can take your pick from 5Ks to half marathons, but you’ll have to attend the final Will Run for Beer 5K to claim your super-swaggy “Will Run for Beer” wind jacket! Of course, completing five races won’t be hard with the scenic New England courses and cold beer waiting at every finish line.

Bend Beer Chase

Photo from BeerYeti.com

June 3, 2017 | Bend, OR

The Bend Beer Chase goes a few steps further than your average beer run. It’s a 50-mile relay race that takes you to some of Oregon’s best breweries in a single day! Build a team of up to six friends and stop to enjoy a sample at each switch-off. At the end of the relay portion, you’ll run together for the final “Keg Leg.” Hope you’re thirsty because you’ll be stopping at 6 breweries along the final 2.8 miles. At the end, you can enjoy your favorite beers from along the course, live music, games, and even a Ferris Wheel!

What races have you saying “cheers”? Let us know in the comments below and connect with your fellow runners and beer drinkers on Athlinks.com!

The Beer Run

Combine Your Love For Drinking Beer With A 5K Run.
The Beer Run has been designed for participants to have fun, have a little run, and drink some beers.

The Beer Run will go to FIVE different breweries in each city (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth). The breweries we plan to go to in Perth are Nowhere Man, North Bridge Brewing Co., The Generous Squire, Bright Tank and Blasta Brewery.

All participants will receive a novelty beer bottle opener medal along with their ticket which includes a beer in each brewery, a Beer Run bib / number and some goodies. (if you finish)

Entry is only $55.00 per person.

The run will involve multiple wave times to manage runner numbers, the first wave starts around 12:00pm so please arrive for registration no more than 20 minutes before your wave. The waves will start every half hour and you can choose your start time when you purchase your tickets!

The run will last for around 2-3 hours depending on how long you want to stop at each brewery.

Tickets to our first Beer Run event in Melbourne sold out in less than a week, so purchase now! $1 from every ticket sold Australia wide will be donated to 12FOR12 to help reach their goal of $100K for Beyond Blue, run with us and help raise awareness about mental health.

Beer Run – Southern Heights | Part of the 2020 TX Brewery Running Series

We are the Texas Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!

Join us at Southern Heights on 3/28/20 @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

What’s included?! All participants receive:

  • FREE craft brew from Southern Heights
  • Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
  • Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
  • Access to event festivities: live music, food trucks, local vendors, fun with our partners and sponsors, goodies and giveaways
  • And more!

We are all about being active, having fun and giving back to our local community. Since our inaugural event (the Brewery Running Series was founded in Minneapolis in 2012), we have been able to donate over $160,000 back to local nonprofits. This event will add to that tally! So not only do you get to a little exercise and enjoy a great beer, you are contributing to our awesome community!

Registration is limited, so sign up today!

Important details:

  • This is an untimed, 5k-ish fun-run. All levels of walkers, runners and joggers are welcome.
  • This is an open course, meaning roads will NOT be closed. You are responsible for obeying all traffic laws and regulations.
  • We create each route to start and end at the brewery and to show off the surrounding neighborhood. We will have volunteers along the way to help you know where to go
  • You must bring a valid ID or driver’s license. You do not need to be 21 to enjoy the event, but you must be 21 to enjoy the beer. Please drink responsibly. (Registered, underage participants will receive a token for a FREE non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Our events are rain or shine! If conditions become unsafe to run, we will still hang out and drink beer!
  • There will not be a bag check; please plan accordingly and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • The fun-run starts at 11AM. Plan to arrive about 30 minutes prior to check-in and check out our partners, sponsors and pre-run activities. Don’t forget some extra $$$. In addition to your FREE beer and swag there will be merchandise for sale, food trucks, and plenty more beer!
  • There is a parking lot available. Is public transit an option for you? Check and see if there’s an accessible route nearby. We always encourage carpooling and safe, designated drivers.

Keep an eye out – we will send you all final event details via email the week of this event and share anything else you might need to know.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Cheers to beers! We’ll see you at Southern Heights!

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