Worcester, MA

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Event Overview

2021 Event Postponed

Due to challenges facing the special event industry due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to host the Craft Brew Races series again in 2021.

Our goal had been to move all registered runners from the 2020 events to the 2021 events, but it is now clear that there is no viable way to host a safe and responsible beer festival under the current, and projected conditions. All registrants have been deferred to the 2022 event.

While we are not able to offer refunds, we have added a race credit option to our existing deferral and transfer policies for your ticket that can be applicable to any 2021 or 2022 Gray Matter Marketing event.

We are committed to hosting safe and fun events again as soon as we are allowed, and it is safe to do so.

Please look for further communications from Craft Brew Races in late 2021.


Matt Gray
President, Gray Matter Marketing


Worcester Common

Corner of Front St. and Church St.
Worcester, MA 01608 (map)


TBA, 2022

10:00 AM: Onsite registration & bib pick-up
11:50 AM: Onsite registration closes
12:00 PM: 5k Race start
12:30 PM: Festival gates open
3:50 PM: Beer Festival last call!

Please arrive early and allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and check in at registration. 


Registration and tickets are available for the 2020 Worcester Craft Brew Race starting on December 2nd. Secure your spot and the best prices by registering early! Online registration closes Friday, April 26 at midnight.

Ticket Type Thru 3/2 3/3 – 4/2 4/3- 5/1 Onsite
5k & Beer Fest $51 $56 $61 $70
5k & Designated Driver $41 $46 $51 $60
Festival Only $41 $46 $51 $60
Designated Driver $15 $15 $15 $25


Medals & Awards

Medals & Awards

Pint Glass

Pint Glass

Beer Sampling

Beer Sampling

Festival Entry

Festival Entry

All 5k participants and festival-goers receive a pint glass and entry to the festival — including beer sampling, live music, vendors and food trucks selling onsite. All Designated Drivers ticket holders receive a different bracelet at registration. They are welcome to enjoy the festival and designated snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

2020 SWAG

Sign Up As a Group and Save!

Gather your friends, get organized and sign up for the Craft Brew Races together for a group discount price! Groups of 5 or more, email us at info@graymattermarketing.com for instructions on how to receive your 15% group discount.


We are honored to offer all active and retired military and their spouses a discount off of all event tickets as our way of saying thank you for all your have done for us and for our country! Please email us for the military discount code.

Event Details

Onsite Registration and Bib Pick-Up

All runners must check in prior to the run at registration from 10:00 – 11:45 AM to receive their race number, timing chip and 21+ bracelet. Registration will be held at the Worcester Common on Front St. (map).

Please note that Designated Driver and Festival Only ticket holders check in at the festival gate at 12:30. 


There is NO PARKING available immediately at the Common, however there are a number of downtown garages available on race day for race participants at their standard rates (Parkopedia map). These garages include the Commercial St. Garage, Worcester Public Library, Federal Plaza Municipal Garage, and the Worcester Plaza Garage.

Please arrive early and allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and check in at registration.

What to Bring

ALL ticket holders need to bring an ID in order to receive their 21+ bracelet when they pick up their race bib prior to the race. The bracelet must be worn during the race and presented for entry into the Festival. Festival Only and Designated Driver participants must present their ID and their Eventbrite ticket at the gate of the Brew Festival at 12:30 PM, following the race for access to the festival.

Food vendors will be onsite selling, so cash is also recommended.

Enjoy Responsibly

The Craft Brew Races urge all attendees to enjoy their time responsibly. We recommend participants designate a sober driver or arrange transportation. We are happy to offer designated driver tickets whereupon they can enjoy the festivals’ great atmosphere, food and live music and offer you a safe ride home.

Extreme Weather Policy

Our events are held rain or shine. However, there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when signing up.

Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.

5k Course

The Worcester Craft Brew Race course is 3.1 mile run (or walk!) that starts at City Hall, heads down Chandler St., turns North on Park Ave. past Elm Park, before ultimately heading back down Pleasant St. with a finish at the Worcester Common on Front St.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to be a volunteer at any Brew Race venue to help with race registration and/or course marshalling and as soon as the run is complete join your running buddies at the festival! All volunteers get a T-shirt AND entry to the Brew Fest. Space is limited! Email us for more information at volunteer@craftbrewraces.com.

Attending Breweries

2020 Breweries below. More breweries announced regularly. 30+ Breweries attend annually.

White Lion
Artifact Cider
Cigar City Brewing
BearMoose Brewing
Bone Up
3 Cross Brewing
Havoc Mead
Medusa Brewing
Wash Ashore Beer
Merrimack Ales
Start Line
Bay State
Redemption Rock
14th Star
Purgatory Beer
Lord Hobo
Oskar Blues
Clown Shoes
Mighty Squirrel

Attending Vendors

Tuck Life
Sabor Latino
Better Wheel Workshops
Kitchen Magic
Artwork 4 Glassware
Big T’s Jerky House

Charitable Partner

Preservation Worcester

Preservation Worcester is the charitable beneficiary of the Worcester Craft Brew Races. We proudly donate a portion of all proceeds to The Preservation.

Contact Us

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

#BREWRUN | @craftbrewraces

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