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6 beer runs for summer 2016

Find the beer race that's right for you this summer

Summer has arrived! Here’s a roundup of races that feature beer. Do you have others to add to the list? Leave a link in the comments section. 

Dances with Dirt


Photo by Tim Cigelske

Where Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin
When July 9
Races notes Bell’s Brewery sponsors the post-race party for the 10K, 13.1, 26.2, 50K or 50M. There will be pre and post-race parties at a local bar up there and a beer garden onsite at the finish.
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Smuttynose Will Run For Beer 5K

Photo by Club Loco

Photo by Club Loco

When June 26
Hampton, New Hampshire
Race notes 
After the race, join the celebration featuring a live Rock & Roll Band and crafted beer from Smuttynose. The party is located at the site of the new Smuttynose Brewing Company.
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Traveling Beer Garden 5K Series


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When Through Sept 14
Where Milwaukee area
Race notes This races series follows a beer garden traveling around parks in the suburbs of Milwaukee. All runners will receive a custom Beer Garden 5K shirt and a free pint full of Sprecher beer or Sprecher root beer.
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Blood, Sweat & Beers


Photo via Matt Brayton

When July 31
Where Auburn, California
Race notes Beautiful and challenging trail run with a great post-race atmosphere featuring BBQ and Hoppy Brewing. The race started to introduce new trail runners to the dirt with some relatively short distances but enough challenge so that a more experienced trail runner could push their limits in the American River Canyon Trails.
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O’Donovan Irish Pub Suds Run


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When Sept. 10
Where Minneapolis
Race notes Come to run, walk or whatever, dress as yourself, an alter ego or dress up as a group and enjoy the beer, food, costumes, music, costume contest and Suds Zone at the finish line beer garden.
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Des Moines Beer Week Beer Mile


When June 17
Where Des Moines, Iowa
Races notes The four laps, four beers beer mile format kicks of the Des Moines Beer Week. Costumes welcomed and encouraged. You also can get a free entry if you complete the Run to Exile at Exile Brewing Company.
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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]

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