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Gemuetlichkeit and beer running

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This week Cincinnati hosts Zinzinnati, one of the world’s largest and most popular Oktoberfest events. It’s also home to some interesting beer running events. The combination can hardly be a coincidence.

Run fast. But don't spill any beer.

The Gemuetlichkeit Games – named for the German term for good times — takes place this Friday, Sept. 16. The Zinzinnati kick-off includes beer barrel rolling races, beer stein races and even a dachshund derby for non-human beer runners.

The stein race features race contestants (pictured above) sprint across Fountain Square with fistfuls of beer steins, which weigh 35 pounds when filled. It’s not the longest distance — I think it’s 75 feet or so — so consider it part of your speed training.

The winner is determined by who crosses the finish first with the most beer — a  second is added for each ounce of beer spilled.

The beer barrel race has runners pushing empty wooden barrel around a course on Fountain Square. Skill is again as important as speed, as “points are deducted for losing control of barrel and mowing down spectators.”

And if you want to just sit back, drink and watch others run for awhile, you can do that too. The annual Running of the Wieners is on Friday too.

Prosit!

 

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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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