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Oskar Blues expands Beer Relay

"If you can run or walk a 5K, you can do the Beer Relay"

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Last year, Oskar Blues launched a new Beer Relay series at its Burning Can festival. This year, it’s getting bigger.

Oskar Blues first hosted what they call the first “endurance drinking and trail running race” in Lyons, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina around a 5K trail loop overlooking waterfalls and the Rocky Mountains.

Now the Beer Relay arrives in Austin on April 23 as a third location.

The Beer Relay consists of teams of two or four running a 5K trail loop for four (!) hours. Here’s the twist: Each participant has the option to drink an Oskar Blues beer to shave two minutes off before each lap. The team with the most laps in the shortest time wins.

“If you can run or walk a 5K, you can do the Beer Relay,” states the official race description. “It’s designed to be a great event for friends to get together for some fitness and fun. Endurance junkies can run the whole thing with a partner–just make sure you can handle the unique challenge!”

For more on the Burning Can and other craft beer festivals in April, check out DRAFT’s round-up here.


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]

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