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10 Beer Runs for 2011

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Now that we’re racing into event season, here are 10 Beer Runner friendly races, runs and a ride to add to your summer and fall calendar this year. Know of others? Add to the list in the comments.

The Oldsmar Tap House 5K

Oldsmar Tap House 5K

Will Run for Beer 5K
June 5, 2011
Sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing, this race is the finale of an entire Will Run For Beer series that kicks off with a “hungover run” on January 1st.

Oldsmar Taphouse 5k
June 10, 2011
“Run for 30 minutes and drink beer for 2 1/2 hours.” Sounds like a good trade at The Oldsmar Taphouse, which was voted the top beer bar in the Tampa Bay Area with American micros, Belgian ales and more. This event grew to more than 1,400 runners last year, and this year the field will be capped at 1,500. “There is not a better Friday night 5K,” the event promises.

Riverwest Beer Run
TDB – usually in June
The quirky Milwaukee neighborhood 1.9 mile race celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, which is roughly the age of their website. They’ll celebrate how they always do – four beer stops during the race and plenty of beer at the finish line. One of the organizers once told me that they settled just shy of two miles because they didn’t have the money to block off one more city street for the race.

Boilermaker 15K
Sunday, July 10
“Amazing what people will do for a beer on a Sunday morning!” So says one of the past participants of the 15K in Utica, NY. The legendary post-race party is so big it has its own sponsor, with a live concert hosted by Matt Brewing Company. The organizers make a bold claim: “This party sets the standard for post race celebrations in the U.S.”

Trail to Ale 10K
September 18, 2011
Local brewery Shipyard – not to mention the Portland Pie Company – sponsors this 10K trail run in Portland, Maine. Racers get beautiful views of Casco Bay from the Eastern Prom Trail followed by post-race party. The event benefits Portland Trails, a non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining a network of multi-use trails in the Portland area.

Rahr’s & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
Sept 24, 2011
The Rahr & Sons Brewery in Fort Worth hosts a 5K to kick off Oktoberfest, and all benefitting Habitat for Humanity.

The Bierathlon
October 12, 2011
What I can glean from this event’s website (which is in German), the Bierathlon involves costumes, racing, carrying crates of beer, chugging beer and more racing. Also, projective vomiting. According to Google translate, the organizers describe the event as a “continued session with mild liver damage.”

Urban Assault Ride
March – September, 2011
New Belgium’s cross-country traveling “Beer, Bikes and Big Wheels” extravaganza has become sort of legendary for its offbeat scavenger hunt, live music and party. This videocaptures some of the spectacle. Right now you can even win a weekend trip to the Chicago event from DRAFT. Damn, wish I could win.

Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon and Half Marathon
October 2, 2011
“What happens when you plan a Rockfest Party and a race breaks out?” That’s the motto of the Rockfest Marathon and Half Marathon in the Hamptons, another beer run sponsored by Smuttynose Brewery. It’s popular not just for its beer, but for its flat, fast Boston-Qualifying course and its scenic route.

Tyranena Beer Run
Nov 5, 2011
The name says it all. The small Tyranena Brewing Company between Milwaukee and Madison hosts a wildly popular half marathon (or 1/2 barrel, as they call it) each November. The race-side tent opens at 11 am and continues serving beer to finishers for the next six hours – when they move indoors and keep partying until midnight.

Thanks to all my beer runners on DailyMile, Facebook and Twitter for all your suggestions. You know who you are.

 

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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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