Step 10: Celebrate
You don't really want to rush back to the 'Big Smoke' now do you? You've paid that inflated ferry fare — so get the maximum value out of it! Relax in the unique atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast. It's party time! This is why you run half marathons, isn't it? (Note: runner specials are valid on race day only)
Right around the corner from the finish line is the Wobbly Canoe, with big ocean views, cozy atmosphere and comfort food. Local craft brews sold here.
Another local favourite is The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery in Upper Gibsons, a short walk from the Garden Hotel. Awesome made-right-there beverages and food. Be sure to try the Mahan Trail Blonde Ale. A great trail and a great beer. Show your bib for 10% off your bill.
OR, head down to Gibsons Landing and celebrate with fellow runners or even total strangers at Gibsons Tapworks, where you'll get $1 off any 16oz beer if you show your race bib. Our personal favourite is the Blonde Logger.
Another great spot for post-race celebration is Persephone Brewing, a beer farm/craft brewery located near the top of the bypass on the way to the ferry from Upper Gibsons. Live music from 2-4pm, and the Farm to Feast food truck will be open. Show your bib for 15% off a glass or flight of beer.
Going up the coast? Be sure to take a break at The Bricker Cider Company in West Sechelt. Turn right onto Norwest Bay Road just past Sechelt and keep going until you see their sign. Show your bib for $2 off growlers and growler fills.
Catch a later ferry when you're ready to head back to the big city (if ever). Here's the bus schedule. (You're NOT driving after all that beer. Hmmm, maybe book another night at the Cedars Inn — it's only $49!)