Race Preview: Bridge to Brews 10k & 8k

bridge-to-brews-logoI love craft beer. It’s as simple as that. There is just something about the local flavors and love that goes into each batch of liquidy goodness. I also love to run. Combining the two is a more perfect pairing than a steak and an IPA of 100+ IBU’s! Hence, the 2014 Bridge to Brews 10k/8k, hosted by Terrapin events appears to be my kind of race!

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?!

Keep on the lookout for another preview as the date nears and the course is revealed (and hopefully when the breweries are identified!). And follow Terrapin Events on Facebook too.

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)

Where: Lilis-Albina Park
Register: Online here or mail-in; $44; $89 for VIP Experience; Add $15 for short-sleeved bamboo shirts; Sign up +4 people and get $5 off each

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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