Nothing gets us revved like a fitness movement with the purpose of making exercise a little more fun. So when we heard about the Brewery Running Series, created by two buddies with those same passions (plus a taste for a few cold ones) in Minnesota in 2012, we were all in.
The concept behind the Brewery Running Series is simple, and that’s why it works so well. Participants in the events run or walk a 5K that ends with a party featuring local beer, music, food, and more fun. And with a portion of proceeds from the races going to nonprofits, what’s not to love?
In fact, the series has already donated over $70,000 to charities in the communities where the races are held. That’s because race participants have trekked over 80,000 miles together in the Brewery Series’ events. And they’ve rewarded themselves with over 30,000 delicious craft beers. For all metrics, really, the sky’s the limit.
The series may have started in Minnesota, a haven for fit folks and beer drinkers, but it has expanded a ton in the last few years. You can now find Brewery Running Series events in Colorado, Illinois, Oregon, Texas, Washington state, and Wisconsin. So there may very well be a race running right near you.
And these races are as much about pounding out miles as they are about enjoying great beer. Run the races as competitively as you want — torch it, by all means. Just know that all participants get a free craft brew after they cross the finish line, regardless of where they finish. Plus, you’ll receive a collector’s pint glass (or other seasonal swag) for even more festive sipping. Cheers!
Unlike most running/beer combo events that happen once or twice a year, the Brewery Running Series has races on its calendar from late-winter through fall — in some places (like Colorado), you can hit one just about every weekend from the end of February to October! That’s a lot of miles… and a lot of beer.
Many of the races are kicking off right now, so it’s time to dust off those sneakers and prepare for a few 16 oz. curls of frosty brew.
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