Fitness Race Recaps

Will Run For Beer

June 21, 2016

Two of my favourite things in life are running and beer. What happens when your local brewery organizes a race? You sign up immediately and count down the days until it’s socially acceptable to drink beer at 10am.

I picked up my race package at the brewery Friday evening after driving home from the SocialWest conference in Calgary. I was actually surprised to see that the race was chip timed! We received really nice (but way too big) tshirts and a token for a free beer to be used in the beer garden after the race.

Saturday’s race start wasn’t until 10am, which meant I could sleep in and get ready leisurely. I had absolutely no expectations going into this race since I’ve been battling with a sore foot and off running for a couple weeks. I figured I’d stick with friends for as long as I could and back off if the pain started to flare up. Since I was really just out there to have fun with friends, and of course drink some beer, I had fun with my outfit a little and rocked my gold Brooks sunnies and diamond sweatband.

Mary picked me up and we drove to a residential area close to the race start and walked over.

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The brewery and race location is so close to the beautiful trail I love to run along the river. The 5k route was a straight out and back course and mostly flat. The morning ended up being sunny and hot and it was the perfect day to enjoy the city. I was able to keep up with my speedy friends for the first almost 2km before I had to scale back my pace a bit. I kind of cursed myself for not bringing my headphones so I could listen to music but still soaked up the day. I had a feeling that slowing down as much as I did would bring me over the finish line at the 40-minute mark (did I  mention my watch died about 3.5km in?) but I was happy with my finish time of 35 minutes. Especially because my foot really didn’t hurt at all when I was done.

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Since there was quite a few friends running, we ended up hanging out at the beer garden and enjoying a couple cold ones before calling it a day. There was some live bands playing and a BBQ to keep people fed as well so there was no excuse to call it a day so early!

All in all, it was a really great little race, well organized and worth it for the price (under $50!). Who’s coming to run and drink beer with me next year?

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13 Comments

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    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    June 21, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Beer and running are the perfect combo. In San Diego I was in the beer gardens at 8:30 a.m. it didn’t strike me as weird to be drinking beer until I realized just how early it was.

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      Becky
      June 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Haha exactly! I didn’t think anything of it until I got home and was like, well, now that I can’t drive anywhere this seems strange for early afternoon :p

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    Jo @ Living Mint Green
    June 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

    What a fun race! I wish there were more FUN Canmore/Banff races around here! Sign me up for next year please!

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      Becky
      June 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Yes! You need to come run this one next year. Also, we have a chocolate run coming up. You and mister should plan for that one too. 😀

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    Leigh
    June 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Sounds like a fun race! Love your crops too.

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      Becky
      June 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks, they’re Brooks but apparently Walmart has something very similar haha.

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    Lindsey
    June 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    It was such a fun race and perfect day for it! I cannot wait to run it next year!

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      Becky
      June 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      You guys killed it! I can’t wait for next year!

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    Heather
    June 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Beer is the best reason to go for a run ;). Looks like a great race!

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      Becky
      June 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Right?! I think you all need to come run it and drink beer next year 😉

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    June 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

    You’re so cute! And I love those crops! I love fun races like this and a later start time is always so nice! Sign me up next year! 🙂

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      Becky
      June 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Yes you MUST come run this one next year!!

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    Ange // Cowgirl Runs
    June 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I’m kind of bummed I missed this, buuuuut I also had cinnamon buns and got to hang in my mom’s pool, so…… 😉

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