Need Spring Break Plans? The Beer City Half in Sonoma County is Waiting

As someone who has traveled a lot over the years, I would stack Oregon’s beer up with the best in the nation. But, that’s not to mean there isn’t more great beer out there across the nation. I have now been to 621 unique breweries across the country (link to Kegs & Legs) and always try to hit up a few regardless of where I am.

In addition to seeking out breweries when I am traveling I, unsurprisingly, am looking for races to participate in at the same time (link to Tucson race – social link maybe?). So when the opportunity to combine everything – travel, racing, AND craft beer – it’s a perfect marriage. Thus, our latest Featured Race – the Beer City Half (10k & 5k) in Santa Rosa, CA is worth the trip – and it’s during one of the two Spring Break weekends – perfect for a little runcation!

Santa Rosa and Sonoma County may be synonymous with wine, but their beer scene is nothing to sneeze at. In addition to 425 wineries (!), Sonoma County now has more than two dozen breweries and eight cideries.

We recommend checking out the courses – which all run along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, with the half adding a few out-and-backs on sections of the Piner Creek and Patterson Creek Trails. See the Strava links below for the flat and fast course maps of each:

Every racer receives a special Key to Beer City medal, a soft lifestyle shirt from PDX-based Greenlayer, and a tasting glass that can be filled with some beer from some local breweries – including Lagunitas, Seismic, Bella Snow Soft Ale, and Hoocha Hard Kombucha, as well as homebrew from the Cotati Home Brew Collective.

Beer City Half (10k & 5k)

Santa Rosa, CA

When: Saturday, March 20, 2022


  • Start at “A Place to Play Park” @ 2375 W 3rd St. in Santa Rosa, CA;
  • Course on Santa Rosa Creek Trail


  • $100 for Half
  • $65 for 10k
  • $45 for 5k

Register: Online here

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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