The 2015 Inaugural Ecliptic Beer Mile was AWESOME. While I typically prefer to put in some solid miles, and then sit down, kick back, and leisurely enjoy my beer, I did feel like it was my duty to represent Run Oregon at the inaugural Ecliptic Beer Mile...There were ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE--speedy runners, frat boy-types, moms and dads, hipsters, everyone! It was pretty entertaining to see...There were Ecliptic brewing prizes for the age division winners, as well as live music and cornhole too. I ordered some food, a mushroom tart that was DELICIOUS, and we hung out for a while. There was lots of seating, both indoors and outdoors, and the wait staff was really friendly and accommodating...The inaugural Ecliptic Beer Mile was incredibly fun, and is an event that I would definitely enjoy doing again.
The race will follow the same format as last year, with runners heading down Mississippi before turning around coming back to the brewery. This is a little different than your typical beer mile, where participants complete 4 .25 mile loops. Due to Portland city regulations, at the Ecliptic Beer Mile runners will drink first, run a full mile, and then return and finish at the end.
Even despite the casual nature of the race, there are volunteers, professional timing, shirts, and prizes for age/division winners. Runners are encouraged to bring canned food to the event for the race charity – the Sunshine Division, who provides food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need.
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