This Texas 0.5k Underachiever's Race is All About Beer

T-shirts, brews and bragging rights included.

By Ethan L. Johns
April 27, 2018

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Many amateur running competitions are, oddly enough, prickly affairs. Headphones are in, so don’t even think about messing with my vibe as I try to beat you in this five-kilometer athletic proving ground. But wouldn’t life be better if we all lightened up a bit?

It doesn’t get much lighter than the Boerne 0.5k, billed as the “running event for the rest of us.” The sold-out race, which is being held in Boerne, Texas, is set to poke fun at running competitions on May 5th when 100 runners lace up their shoes and run an intense half-kilometer distance.

A half-kilometer race? Yup, that’s about one-third of a mile—547 yards, or 1,640 feet. For $25, the runners will begin the race with a pint of beer at the Dodging Duck Bewhaus. They will then line up at the start line, run their labor-intensive half-kilometer and “finish in a blaze of glory.” Finishers will then head to the Cibolo Creek Brewing Co., where a second pint will be awaiting them.

Even better, the race organizers offered a very special VIP package. For an extra $25, participants don’t even have to run. Instead, they get a sweet ride in the event shuttle—a restored 1963 Volkswagen bus.

Finishers get some epic rewards, including free beer, t-shirts, a medal (the VIP medal is bigger, because VIPs are “more important”) and, of course, oval-shaped 0.5k bumper stickers for cars.

For all the fun, the run is also a charity event that will support Blessings in a Backpack, which helps feed hungry children.

Think you’ve got what it takes to run a half-kilometer race? Odds are your grandmother does too. This year’s edition is sold out, but mark your calendars for next year; the organizers are already discussing plans for expansion.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns