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Race Preview: 2017 New Year’s Day Hangover Run by Run Wild Adventures (Salem)

If you read my latest recap about the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Colorado, you saw that this was a surprise race to run with my brother at his first half marathon. It actually wasn’t our first race together – it was second after we both did the beer mile portion of Run Wild Adventures’ New Year’s Day Hangover Run 3k & Beer Mile last New Years Day. I recommend the read, given the fact that I got dominated and puked along the way (OK, maybe you don’t need to read that). Regardless, it was a day to remember with running three races (5k, 3k, and Beer Mile) as well as one with my middle daughter (see picture above). The 2018 Hangover Run is back again for the 8th year, and I plan on being out again this year – sans drinking.

The 5k from last year is gone, but RWA is once again focusing on the 3k and the beer mile. Here’s a little bit from my recap last year:

Despite a name like “Hangover Run”, this race really is a great event for the entire family. The race field is small (about 150), the course is straightforward, and the atmosphere is down to earth and low-key. The event is professionally timed and there is a post-race spread of bread, soup, and beer. The 3k offers a great course for runners of all ages, shapes and sizes. It starts off on packed gravel/dirt trail, before giving way to dirt trails, grass (sometimes frozen), and dirt. It’s a fun and ever-changing 1.86 mile course.

The beer mile portion is 4 loops around the main farm area, and it doesn’t mess around. The competition is fierce and the beer is no light offering – it’s straight up craft beer from Seven Brides Brewery in Silverton (I think they were pouring their Pilsner last year). I’ll just let this picture do the talking:

This is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s casual and short and a great way to kick off the new year in a fun way. Highly recommended.

New Year’s Day Hangover Run 3k & Beer Mile (Salem)
When: January 1, 2018

  • 12:00pm 3K
  • 1:00pm Beer Mile

Where: 5787 Sunnyview Rd NE Salem, OR 97305
Register: Online here; $15; $10 for Beer Mile

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About Matt Rasmussen (1095 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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