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A new types of triathlon comes to the Rockies.

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Run. Fish. Beer.

Those are the three legs of a new type of triathlon called the Rocky Mountain Flyathon.

The juxtaposition of those activities may sound strange, but it makes sense if you read the description and origin on

Simply put, many of the best and most beautiful places to fish are way back in the woods, and the quickest way to get back to these remote places to maximize fishing time is to trail run. And once you have run back from that mountain lake or stream, all of that effort is rewarded with high quality, local craft beer. tweet

Started in 2013, the Flyathon continues to grow and is now sponsored by Upslope Brewing Company. The 2015 event takes place August 14-16 in Colorado.

If interested, you can learn how to participate 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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One Comment

  • Andrew Todd says:

    Thanks to The Beer Runner for letting the craft beer world know about what we are doing with the Flyathlon. Upslope was kind enough to provide flyathletes with delicious craft beers post race (as well as cans for our Red Ryder shoot off), and we also had local beers donated by Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO), Three Barrel Brewing (Del Norte, CO), and the San Luis Valley Brewing Company (Alamosa, CO). Fueled by the support of these great breweries, we were able to crowdfund more than $20,000 in 2015 that will be spent on future trail and native trout stream restoration projects around Colorado. We plan on having additional new events in 2016 (hopefully with more wonderful Colorado beers), so please visit our website ( to get on board.

    run. fish. beer.

    The Stout Runner

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