Beer Runs .. A growing trend, and perfect in a place like Oregon where people are both beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Last year, I attended my first Oregon Brewery Running Series 5k race at Laurelwood Brewing with my husband, and it made us both thirsty for more.
This year, the 2019 Laurelwood Brewing 5k Fun Run is on February 16th and you’re in for a treat. Laurelwood has great beer, great food, and the company you’ll keep for this run/walk will put the “fun” in “fun run” for sure.
If you’re new to this concept, here’s what you need to know. Show up at Laurelwood about 30 minutes before the race to get yourself checked in. This shouldn’t be too difficult, since it’s not one of those races that starts early in the AM (race is at 11AM!) Get your blank race bib and decorate it up all fancy or fun. This is not a chip-timed race, so no worries about getting your best PR or losing it along the way. Hang out, grab a beer before the run if that’s your thing, participate in the pre-race stretches and get pumped for the race. When it’s time to go, take off around the streets of NE Portland and run, jog, walk, or crawl any which way you can for about 3.1 “ish” miles (check out the course here) before coming back to the brewery for a cheer-filled finish. Please make note of the fact that streets will NOT be closed for the race and you will need to follow the rules of the road, though volunteers will be there to provide you with a safe running route along the sidewalks, parks, and trails of the race. Once you’re back from your journey, grab your race swag (a collector’s pint glass or another seasonal item) and enjoy a complementary craft brew. Hang out for the raffle for even more awesomeness.
A few other things worth noting: 1. Bring your ID if you plan to have a drink. You don’t have to be 21 to run this race, but you do for any alcoholic beverage. Race participants under 21 will receive a complementary non-alcoholic beverage. 2. There’s no bag check, so plan for that. 3. Bring extra money if you want to buy a cool t-shirt or other merch, and lastly, 4. The race will happen rain or shine! If you don’t like to run in the rain, you might not want to sign up for a race in February.
The cost of the race is $30 without a shirt (add $10 to the cost if you wish to purchase a shirt.) This is a great deal considering you will receive a free beer and other swag. Also, 10% of the proceeds will help support Oregon Brewery Running Series nonprofit partners, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Life Vest Inside.
This event makes a great day out with friends or on a date. Some people bring their kids in strollers or on bikes too. If you’ve never participated in one of these runs, this is a great chance to to try out!!
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 11:00AM
Where: Laurelwood Public House & Brewery (5115 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213)
Cost: $30 without shirt, $40 with shirt