RACE: Craft Brew Race
LOCATION: New Haven, CT
DATE: Saturday, August 1, 2015
LENGTH: 3.1 miles
RUNIT RATING: two thumbs up
Let me start by saying the Craft Brew Race in New Haven did not disappoint. It was an easy out and back with relatively no hills through a notable park, and the beer fest was fun and delicious! The race started at noon, which for this sunny August day meant it was hot! Other than desperately wishing for some water at the halfway point, the day could not have been better.
Over 1,200 people began the race in Edgewood Park, which boasts of over 120 acres designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same man who designed the National Mall, Jefferson Memorial, and the White House grounds (and his dad co-designed Central Park!). While I wouldn’t equate Edgewood to a national park, it was quite peaceful and I appreciated the beautiful canopy of trees as a shield from the midday sun.
As we started mile 2, the course led us up Chapel Street past the Yale Bowl, down Edgewood Avenue, and around the sun-dial and fountain (which was not on, unfortunately). The last mile brought us back through the park, under the Chapel Street Bridge, and across the shaded finish line. I was particularly grateful for the cool water and quality snacks to both replenish and get me ready for the beer tasting.
The selection of beer was vast with over 40 different brews and generous pours. As someone who is not a huge beer connoisseur, this was a great way to sample a variety of styles and find a few that worked for me. The Allagash Saison and Otter Creek Fresh Slice were by favorites!
I should also mention there were several food trucks offering great food. This was the only thing that wasn’t covered by the $50 race fee, but I’m telling you the BLT Lobster roll was worth it!
I am not usually excited about race bling, but not only did we get a medal that doubles as a bottle opener, we also walked out with a cool pint glass. I don’t mean to downplay the medals given out at other races, but I love getting items that I will actually use!
If you’re looking for a fun race and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon without the kids, you really should check out Craft Brew Races. From Austin, TX to Stowe, VT, there’s something for everyone!
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