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12 places to run and drink beer in 2016

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Minneapolis

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What Lose Your Resolution Run
When January 2
Details The Minnesota Brewery Running series wants to help you keep your resolutions with a 5K… and then break them with bacon, ice cream and Day Block Brewing beer. Or keep your resolutions if you vow to reward yourself for staying active in 2016.
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Chicago

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What Burgers and Beer Fun Run
When February 1
Details The Universal Sole-sponsored Burgers and Beer Fun Run is a neighborhood 5K or 5-mile loop followed by (as the name suggests) a burger and beer.
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Virgina Beach

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What The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 8k
When March 18-20
Details The four free Yuengling beers keep runners coming back for more.
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Cincinnati

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What Christian Moerlein Beer Series The Little Kings Mile
When April 29
Details The one-mile kick-off of the Flying Pig Marathon weekend is the second leg of a three-race series celebrating Cincinnati’s brewing history and benefitting the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District. The course goes around the stadium along Cincinnati’s riverfront, and ends with an afterparty at the Moerlein Lager House.
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Pineland Farms, Maine

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What Salomon Trail Running Festival
When May 28-29
Details Shipyard Brewing sponsors the post-race BBQ and offers two free cans of beer for the trail runners. Race distances go from 5K all the way to 50 miles.
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Pikes Peak, Colorado

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What Pikes Peak Brew Run
When June 4th
Details Come for the 5K, stay for the Beer Olympics. This Colorado races series features a fun run sponsored by a brewery, followed by feats of strength like keg relay,
CrossFit games squat challenge and triple jump competition. This race is sponsored by Pikes Peak brewery and features their Elephant Rock IPA.
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San Diego

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What The Craft Classic
When July 17
Details The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K is sponsored by Green Flash Brewing, and finishes with an after party at the brewery in Mira Mesa.  The Craft Classic also takes place in Atlanta and Phoenix later in the year.
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Amana, Iowa

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What Back Road Half Marathon and 5k
When August 6th
Details Starting at Millstream Brewery, the rural routes take gravel backroads for a tour of the Amana Colonies. Reward yourself at the finish line with Millstream’s Back Road Stout or any of the brewery’s other offerings. I once stopped at this brewery during a bike ride from Denver to Milwaukee, and I can confirm firsthand that the area is a picturesque hidden gem.
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Ottawa, Canada

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What Canada Beer Run
When Sept 13
Details Each wave of runners has 2-3 Beer Bunnies who pace participants along the route to FIVE different breweries. All breweries will sample their beers and provide entertainment, beer education and brewery tours. This race series also has two other locations.
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Cape Cod

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What Craft Brew Races
When October 2
Details What’s better than a beer festival? A beer festival that begins with a 5K. The Craft Brew Races series features more than 200 breweries at eight national events, including this one in Cape Cod. After you’re done with your warm-up, enjoy a three-hour Craft Brew Festival featuring unlimited sampling of 20+ local breweries.
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New York

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What New York City Marathon
When November 6
Details You don’t have to wait for the finish line to grab a beer at the New York Marathon. Some group of runners finish a beer for each of the five boroughs.
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Harvard Square

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What Yulefest
When December 11
Details Race starts & finishes in front of Harvard Yard and is followed by a block party sponsored by three local brewers. Registration includes a knit hat, free food & free beer at the post-race party.
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Author
Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.

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