Another year is drawing to a close, and as you look back on your races from 2017, it’s only natural that the next step is planning your 2018 running schedule. If you are thinking about doing some more local fun runs and taking a break from high-pressure racing, check out the Oregon Brewery Running Series. Their 5k-ish fun runs are not timed and offer a laid-back, friendly and supportive experience, not to mention a chance to try beer from great local breweries.
To get the best prices on the 2018 Oregon Brewery Running Series, reserve your spot at the Kickoff Party on January 13 at On, located at 1937 NW Quimby. Run Oregon is a big fan of On’s shoes, and of beer, as well as the team at Oregon Brewery Series, because they put on fun events that benefit local non-profits and make connections to local businesses and events.
The Kickoff Party is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring $5 to donate to OBRS’s non-profit partners: Oregon Brewshed Alliance, the Portland Parks Foundation, and Life Vest Inside. Those who come to the Party will be able enjoy a free taco party and try samples from some local breweries, and save money when they sign up for 2018 OBRS events. The Kickoff Party on January 13 runs from 7p-9p; and as I mentioned, it’s free to attend – but there is a limited number of tickets! The Party is actually two parties – one from 7p-8p, and the other 8p-9p.
If you sign up for all 16 of their events, you’ll save 50% off the registration price and save $240. A half-season pass (8 events) is $144 (save 40%), a quarter-season pass (4 events) is $84 (save 30%), and even if you can only do two of their runs, you can still save $12 with the eighth-season pass.
If you have friends who are new-ish to running, or have yet to run in their first 5k, pass this info on to them! At every OBRS event, the crowd gives a big cheer for those doing their first 5k, and it’s a really cool to see people realize that other runners are really happy for them to conquer the distance the first time. Most of the breweries hosting their runs are family-friendly, and you can push strollers at most of them (it depends on the route, as some include trails). All of their events are excellent for runners and walkers alike.