I have actually been wanting to run in the Bridge to Brews for a couple years now. I don’t make it up to Portland for very many races, especially for races of 10k or shorter. It’s not because there aren’t a ton of great “shorter” races; more so that I prefer not to have my race time be shorter than the time it takes me to drive to the race. I will be making an exception for this event though. apparently the starting and finishing location has moved from the street by Widmer Brothers Brewing to Lilis-Albina Park, which will effectively add much more space and make it possible for more microbreweries to be on site. It will take on more of a “festival-style” after party, with music, breweries, and mingling. Fine by me!
While the course maps have not yet been revealed (and I wouldn’t know what to tell you about it anyways), it promises to be all new – yet still going over the Fremont.
A unique aspect of this event is their offering of a “VIP Experience”. I know I will be running this race and this VIP option seems pretty sweet. If you go this route you will get:
– race entry (obviously)
– long-sleeved half-zip tech shirts (different from the one offered through regular purchase)
– short-sleeved commemorative event shirt
– covered and heated pre- and post-race area
– catered post-race breakfast
– access to private bar
– commemorative pint glass
– private clothing check
– Terrapin events bag
– Private bathrooms, water, and energy drinks
Let’s just say it appears you will get your money’s worth! Not having to wait forever in line for bathrooms at a race of 1000 people is worth at least $20, amiright?!
Bridge to Brews (Portland)
When: April 6, 2014
Times: 730a – doors open; 840a (4-8 min/mile wave), 845a (8-10
min/mile wave), 850a (10-12 min/mile wave), 9a (12+ min/mile wave)