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Finishing first at the Oregon Brewery Running Series at Backwoods Brewing Company in the Pearl

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There are so many great running events in Portland, but something I always look for in a race is how the course is, is it family friendly, and of course how the post race after party is. Some of my favorite running events are put on by the Oregon Brewery Running Series. The atmosphere is always top notch, they offer amazing giveaways, not to mention the free craft beer at the finish, and of course the people! I have participated in several events put on by Oregon Brewery Running Series, including this past weekend’s 5k race held at Backwoods Brewing Company.
Upon arrival, check in is very seamless. They definitely have it dialed in. You are handed your running bib, and directed to the bib decorating table. These events are very family friendly, in fact, they are so family friendly, that when we checked in, they gave my two boys (who were not running) bibs to decorate as well. This of course made their day! After bib decorating, we made our way to check out some of the other vendors. Some advice for those who have never ran in an Oregon Brewery Running Series event, the vendors have additional raffle tickets!!!
It was now getting closer to start time, all participants were directed to the start line. Once there, participants were led in a group stretch, and we were off! The course was a 5k through the Pearl, in downtown Portland. All their courses are considered an “open” course, which basically means that none of the roads are closed to the runners. Everyone is directed to follow the rules of the roads, but honestly in all the times I have participated in these events, have never ran into any issues.
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This 5k course was flat and fast- my kind of course. It weaved through the Pearl, towards NW 23rd, and back to the brewery. There were a few traffic lights, but fortunately those did not impact my race. I was in first place the entire race, until mile 2.25 when I was passed by two men. Luckily, I was able to keep up with them for the remainder of the race and secure my finish as first female. My family met me at the finish line, and were so happy, especially my husband after he found out the winners get to choose a growler with their choice of beer to take home.
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Is there anything better than crossing the finish line with your two little ones behind you?, photo credit OR Brewery Running Series

After crossing the finish line, I headed back inside the brewery to get my craft beer and some swag. Altogether, I received a loaf of bread from Franz Bakery, energy bars, yummy hand pies, animal cookies, and a really sweet cup from OR Brewery Running Series. I then headed to the bar to grab my craft beer, and fill up my growler from winning.
The post race atmosphere is really amazing, everyone is celebrating their finish and enjoying tasty beverages. The raffle takes place at this time, with great giveaways. I highly recommend running in an Oregon Brewery Running Series race.
Their race schedule can be found HERE.
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