San Diego Running Scene

New Team Behind San Diego’s “Hoppiest” Half Marathon & 5K

San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K is now part of the San Diego Running Co. event portfolio!

San Diego, CA – January 9, 2019 – San Diego Running Co., San Diego’s premier race management company, is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their event portfolio: San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K. The event will be entering its 4th year and will take place on July 14, 2019 at Green Flash Brewery in Mira Mesa.

The event was founded in 2016 by Road Runner Sports and had been owned and managed by their team as part of a national running series held in 5 cities. As part of the ownership transition, Road Runner Sports will continue to be a major sponsor of the San Diego event, working closely with San Diego Running Co. to see the run maintain its success for years to come. With nearly 3,000 participants each year in San Diego, it’s become one of the most popular half marathons in the city.

Eric Marenburg, Chief Running Officer and Co-Founder of San Diego Running Co., said “After supporting this event operationally for the last three years, we are so excited at the opportunity to take over the reins of one of San Diego’s top half marathons. In a very short period of time, Road Runner Sports grew Craft Classic into one of the summer’s must-do running events. We’re looking forward to bringing our knowledge and enthusiasm of the San Diego running community to this event and helping it grow for years to come!”

2019 San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K will take place at the Green Flash Brewery, 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121 starting at 6:30a. In addition to their race entry, all participants will receive a soft cotton event shirt, commemorative beer glass, custom finisher’s medal and a free craft beer at the Green Flash craft beer garden following the race.

Todd Velazquez, Sr. Manager of Grassroots Marketing at Road Runner Sports, said “We have been very fortunate to work closely with San Diego Running Co. the last three years on the San Diego Craft Classic. Between their past experience with this event and their existing portfolio of great San Diego races, they are the perfect partner to ensure the event continues to be one of the best half marathons in San Diego!”

To learn more or register, head to Early bird registration is available through January 24th for $75 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K.


San Diego Running Co. is a San Diego-based event production company dedicated to bringing the San Diego community together through unique, memorable running events that tell a story and empower people to get out and enjoy new experiences. They own and manage events throughout San Diego including San Diego Leprechaun Run, America’s Finest Corporate Dash, San Diego Craft Classic, Pacific Beachfest 5K and San Diego Santa Run.


Road Runner Sports, founded in San Diego, California, in 1983, provides fitness and sports enthusiasts with “The World’s Largest Running and Walking Store,” and includes all of the leading brands in the industry. Road Runner Sports has over 40 retail locations across the country and a large e-commerce presence to meet customers’ needs all over the world.