Destination Races, the Sonoma-based event company behind the Wine Country Half Marathon, is bringing back the “run, sip, explore” concept to Sonoma County – but this time with hops instead of grapes. On April 14-15, runners and beer lovers alike are invited to participate in Destination Races’ inaugural IPA 10K (6.2 mile) and Beer Mile Invitational at the Barlow in Sebastopol.
The two-day event starts on Friday, April 14, with an expo, welcome reception, complimentary beer tasting, “hoppy Easter hunt,” and pre-race party at Crooked Goat Brewing at the Barlow. “Our artisan makers are excited to showcase their locally produced goods to these runners and beer enthusiasts. Can you say IPA-flavored ice cream, anyone?” said Janel Healy, Barlow’s Director of Communications.
On race day, April 15, runners will gather at Crooked Goat Brewing for a beer toast before crossing the starting line. After running, jogging or walking along a scenic 6.2 mile route from the Barlow through the northern rural edge of Sebastopol, participants will be greeted by the finish line with a medal and a 4-ounce beer tasting glass. The reward for the race? 14 craft breweries will serve beer at a post-run Beer & Music Festival, accompanied by tasty bites and live music on a stage sponsored by Lagunitas.
These Sonoma County breweries will be pouring beers at the festival:
101 North Brewing
Golden State Cider
After the 10K, it’s time for the Beer Mile Invitational, a crazy race around one block of the Barlow in which professional runners compete for prize money. Each runner must consume a 12-ounce beer every quarter mile lap in the “chug zone,” (a total of four beers) — and keep them down. The world record in the Beer Mile is 4 minutes, 34 seconds, held by Canadian Corey Bellemore.
Prior to the professional Beer Mile race, participating breweries will sponsor four-person relay races in which each team member drinks a 12-ounce beer, runs a quarter mile, and then downs another beer, before passing off the baton to his or her partner to continue with the same routine. The winning team will receive a “Golden Growler Award” that will be filled with their favorite local beer.
IPA 10K & Beer Mile Invitational, April 14-15
April 14: Race Expo, Welcome Reception, Complimentary Beer Tasting and Hoppy Easter Hunt 12:00-6:00pm, The Barlow.
April 15: Runner’s Beer Toast 7:55am, Start time 8:00am, Beer & Music Festival: Runners & Guests Only 9:30-11:30am, General Public: 11:30am-3:00pm. Beer Mile Invitation, 12:00-1:00pm.
Registration for the 10K is $70 per person and includes a running shirt, a bottle opener finishers medal, an event beer tasting glass, and beer tasting tickets. To register for the race, click here. Admission to the festival only is $30. To purchase tickets to the festival, click here.
The Barlow, 6780 Depot St #110, Sebastopol 95472
More information: ipa10k.com
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