Race Recap: 2018 Lompoc Brewing 5K (Oregon Brewery Running Series)

I am always trying to involve my husband in my favorite activity of……yes, you guessed it, Running. I try to find races where they have something that will peak his interest enough for him to sign up with me. After years of running races, I finally discovered the Brewery Running Series and thought it would be perfect to run this one together. We decided to run their second race in their spring series at Lompoc Brewing.
For those who have never heard of the OR Brewery Running Series, let me tell you, it is a game changer for all who love beer and are running enthusiasts. Their goal is to inspire Oregonians to get active, have fun and give back, while hosting an untimed family- friendly 5K run, starting at some of the best breweries in Oregon. Participants walk or run a 5K and then are invited to enjoy live entertainment, music and beer. They also have giveaways and activities with samples and sponsors. All participants receive a craft brew, seasonal swag item or pint glass. The best part, 10% of the proceeds are donated to help support the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Life Vest Inside.

Race day weather was perfect, not too hot or cold. Leading up to race day, I was not sure what the weather was going to be. They had predicted rain, of course! I was pleasantly surprised and was ready to have a great race, when I saw the sun peak through the clouds. It ended up not raining at all, for the entire event. A perfect race day!

When we arrived, we were greeted by a handful of volunteers. We made our way to the main tent to grab our bibs. After getting our bibs, we were then instructed to go to the decorating table. We then decorated our bibs, and checked out some of the vendors they had. At this event, they had Spielman Bagels, Laughing Planet and Hello Fresh. Each had samples and discounts.

Next it was time to warm up. The great thing about this event, is they lead everyone on pre-run stretching.  All participants took some pre-race photos and we all lined up. Once warmed up, we were off!

The course was an out and back loop. It was very flat, and had great scenery. We started running north from Lompoc Brewery. We ran through some residential streets and in and out of neighborhoods. We ran through Portland Community Collage Campus and by Jefferson High School before heading towards the finish line at Lompoc. They had volunteers throughout the course, directing us where to go. The route was an “open” course, which meant that the streets were not shut down, and that all runners had to follow the rules of the road. We didn’t have any issues with being an open course at all. The volunteers did a great job on directing us where to go and cheered us on along the way.

Once at the finish line, we were handed our beer token, in exchange for our bib raffle ticket and some OR Brewery Running Series Swag. And headed to get our post race beverage. I don’t know if it was the fact, that I was looking forward to the beer the entire race, or the deliciousness of the beer, but those guys at Lompoc sure know what they are doing! We also had some grilled cheese sandwiches from the guys at Franz. We also got a loaf of Franz bread, a vegan cookie from Laughing Planet, and a box of granola bars from KIND. Definitely hitting the jackpot with free swag.

My husband and I had a great run date at the OR Brewery Running Series event at Lompoc. I highly suggest signing up for one of their races (schedule found here). Even though my husband is not the biggest fan of running, he still thought that it was a great race. He even wanted to sign up for another race with them! If that is not a reason to run in their events, I don’t know what is!
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