I love beer. There, I said it.
I actually worked at the Worcester Craft Brew race back in April, and was excited to see another destination nearby would be happening in July. The concept was so cool – a quick 3.1 mile race course followed by a tasting session (with local beverages and major breweries alike). I love running and I love beer fests, so combining the two seemed like a no-brainer-way to spend my Saturday. Also, my favorite beer of all time is Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point. When I discovered a Habanero Cider at this event, the clouds parted and I was in alcoholic beverage heaven.
I like to keep my recaps simple – don’t need to include every minute detail (just the important ones that help you determine if this race is for you or not). Moving forward, I’ll break it down into these five titles – simple and easy. Let me know what you guys think about this format.
Course & Location: The Newport location is extremely sick. Starting and finishing in Fort Adams (a former fortress maintained by the U.S. army – sorry, history nerd). You run right along the harbor too, which provided the slightest of a sea breeze while being distracted by some epic yachts (keeping you from thinking how hot you were). Since the race didn’t start until noon (I assume because of Rhode Island liquor law that they couldn’t start pouring until around then), the breeze was HIGHLY necessary. It was SO muggy and there was only one water stop (only real bummer here). A noon race in July warrants at least one water table per mile. Especially if I’m planning to drink beer all day. They did make up for it after with plenty of water at the finish and in big, Gatorade jugs all over the festival.
The 5K was a little hilly, but nothing major. There was also a few bits of gravel and mud, but for the most part you run on the flat concrete surrounding the monument.
Post-Race Party: I think I’ve already explained how excited I was for this particular post-race party. There was a full four hours after I crossed the finish to enjoy all the breweries. There wasn’t a lot of food though – KIND Bar was on site, as well as a hot dog vendor, but between the heat and an empty stomach more food would’ve helped. There was no finish line fruit, etc, as other races typically have. They had a great live singer, though, and I didn’t witness anyone faint from heat exhaustion/drunken antics, so that’s always a plus.
Packet Pickup: I was running late (shocking, I know), and got there with fifteen minutes to spare before the gun went off. They had plenty of staff (quick moving staff may I add) to get my ID checked for drinking and my bib in hand for running.
Inclusivity: Is anyone else over race t-shirts or is it just me? The $65 included the race, the beer tasting afterwards and a cool souvenir glass to take home – which I will get 100x more use out of than another tee.
Overall Grade: A- Only thing that would’ve upped the result would be more water stops and a few more food options while we drank.