On July 16, Bostonians will compete in a different kind of a marathon – a beer marathon spanning not 26 miles, but 26 bars. Although it’s the 6th annual year, I hadn’t heard of it until today. Marathoners will start at the House of Blues and hit up places like Jillian’s, Tavern in the Square, and Cask N’ Flagon.

Tickets and the full list of participating bars are available here for $25 but GiltCity Boston has them for $20 today if you are a member. The ticket grants you admission to participating bars, as well as free pool and bowling (where applicable), food and drink deals, and an official 2011 marathon t-shirt. The first 1500 people will receive a viking helmet (!) and a SWAG bag. Sadly, no free beer – but it still sounds fun.