“Sometimes we all just need to lighten up and have fun. Life is short and racing is great but fun is a must.”
Okay – so I don’t even drink so why would I sign up for a run/race that has beer as theme? Why not? The 5k race was on Saturday August 27th on a hot summer morning along the beautiful Rideau Canal in Ottawa.The run was to coincide with a craft beer festival put on by Ottawa’a craft beer market. It was called the Ottawa Craft Beer Run.
I was in the middle of marathon training and at the end of a big mileage week. No taper and figured I would run as a workout. Wanted to see how fast i could turn over my tired legs.
Ottawa Craft Beer Run
The run was simple out and back course only a mildly undulating course along the canal. No traffic and the sun was out and beaming (actually a little hot). Chip timed and well organized. (Race details)
Here is the low down (from their website) on the race organizers. I got to briefly chat with Jason and Laura. I sent them some questions for a short Q&A but have not heard back (will add if I receive).(I wanted to know the history behind the race).
Founder & Organizer
In 2013 Laura organized the Oktoberfest Run with great success, now she’s back and excited as ever to plan the Ottawa Craft Beer Run. Passionate about fundraising for worthy causes, Laura enjoys volunteering with charities and organizations that promote physical activity. As a certified personal trainer with experience teaching strength and conditioning as well as running bootcamps all over the city, her favorite past times include biking, canoeing, running, swimming, yoga, ziplining and of course lifting weights. Always ready for an adventure, Laura can’t wait to launch this new run in support of Motivate Canada.
Jason is a computer engineer working in software development. He enjoys cooking, biking, playing the piano, video games, and all things tech. He is also a real foodie and beer aficionado. Jason once ran a 5K in Super Mario Brothers…his thumbs got a real work out! With those interests in mind, Jason is excited to put his skills to the test in support of this charity event.
A keen hockey fan with a love for puns, Alex is an aspiring filmmaker and lover of all things health, fitness and art related. One of Alex’s hidden talents is her ability to quote the entire Mean Girls movie by heart. Passionate about helping others, she enjoys getting involved and giving back to her community. When she’s not working on a creative project, Alex can be found working up a sweat at the gym, exploring the outdoors with her dog Obi (as in Obi-Wan Kenobi), or running marathons…Netflix marathons.
Shannon has experience coordinating events for organizations such as Canadian Cancer Society and Girls Inc of Upper Canada. She‘s passionate about bringing her organized and innovated approach to worthy causes. She has a background in Information Security but she loves to moonlight planning events to bring people together whenever she can. Shannon enjoys tennis and exploring Ottawa’s craft beer scene and even dabbles in makeup artistry from time to time.
The registration fee for the race was a bit steep but being a social media geek I got a discount from the race crew (THANKS) which helps being a single income household and busy new runningdad right now. The race kit pickup was pretty quick and you got a bib, pins and a nice t-shirt.
The race started and I went out as planned and tried to hold 3:25ish pace. 3:25, 3:30 and then legs shut down. Was a grunt-fest the last 3k and I was feeling the burn coming home. the legs were just super tired. Managed 6th in a slow 18:34. (Results here) The guy who won ran what i had hoped to run.
Wobbled over to refreshments table and got plastic beer pilsner (glass one would have been nicer) and bumped into a guy who ran who now lives in Ottawa – we chatted. Got my bag and actually ran home (about 13k).
There was beer at the end for runners but I had water lol
Fun idea, well organized and if you like craft beers – even cooler. Worth checking out if the race crew gets all frothy and pours out another beer run in 2017.
*Photos courtesy of photographers Kamilla Presentey and Kevin Cappon.
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