Carmel Valley

Craft Classic Half Marathon returns on July 16

Two of San Diego’s true loves, running and craft beer, will come together for the second annual Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, July 16.The scenic and challenging course takes runners through Carmel Valley on the SR-56 bike path before reaching the finish line at Green Flash Brewing Company.

Although no roads are fully closed to traffic, the event is bringing 3,000-plus runners to the area and there may be slight five to six minute traffic delays on one or two roads.

A happy finisher in the 2016 race.
A happy finisher in the 2016 race.

The half marathon starts at 6:30 a.m. on the 56 bike path and runs west for seven miles before getting to El Camino Real and heading south. The race has a three hour and 30 minute time limit so all participants must be done with the run and off the road by 10 a.m. The 5K starts and finishes at Green Flash Brewery.

Race giveaways for all participants include a commemorative event shirt and beer glass, special finisher’s medal, a free beer in the post-race beer garden at Green Flash and free race photos.

A portion of the race’s proceeds goes to support Athletes Helping Athletes. The organization provides individually propelled adaptive bikes to children with permanent physical disabilities, ages 18 and younger.

To learn more about the race or to register, visit

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