8 Great Places To Race And Drink

If your happy place is located at the intersection of exercising and imbibing, consider adding one of these fun events to your calendar.

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Beer and endurance athletes go together like…well, beer and endurance athletes. Many triathletes can attest to the deliciousness of a cold lager after a long ride, a tasty IPA during an ice bath, or a thick stout to toast a new PR.

If your happy place is located at the intersection of exercising and imbibing, consider adding one of these fun running and triathlon events to your race calendar.

Deschutes Dash

July 14
Bend, Ore.

There’s something for everyone at this multisport festival: the weekend hosts two triathlons, two aquabike events, two duathlons, an open-water swim, a 5K, a 10K and a kids’ race. Go ahead, sign up for multiple eventsit’ll make your post-race beers from popular Bend brewery Deschutes taste that much better.

Point Bock Run

March 2
Stevens Point, Wisc.

For some, getting up the nerve to run in a cold Wisconsin winter might require a little liquid fortification. You’ll find it at the Stevens Point Brewery, where the popular 5-mile race sells out every year within hours of opening. Runners enjoy the flat and fast course, hometown crowds, andof courseheated beer tent at the finish line.

Brewhouse Triathlon

August 4
Duluth, Minn.

Finishing the sprint or Olympic distance triathlon at Island Lake Park will earn you a collector’s edition glass for the adjacent Brewfest, where bartenders will refill the glass up to four times and listen to your post-race exploits. Kids in tow? There’s a Root Beer Triathlon for the little ones on the same day.

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Craft Brew Races

Multiple Dates

The 5K series partners with more than 250 small breweries in hopes of exposing athletes to new (and delicious!) brews. After collecting their finisher’s medal (which doubles as a handy bottle opener) runners are welcomed to a three-hour beer festival with unlimited samples from more than 20 local craft brewers.

Flying Fish 5K

September 7
Somerdale, N.J.

Want to get first dibs on the Flying Fish Brewery’s Oktoberfish Fest Beer? You’ll have to work for it. This annual 5K at the Flying Fish headquarters coincides with the release of their popular seasonal brew in one big finish-line festival, where runners can keep the competitive streak going post-race with lawn games such as corn hole, kan jam and life-size beer pong.

Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon

July 21
New Preston, Conn.

If wine is more your style, you’ll love this sprint triathlon in a picturesque vineyard. Don’t let the bucolic setting fool you, howeverthis course is a grueling one, with steep, merciless climbs on the bike and run. The relaxation comes after the race, where a wine and cheese sampler pairs nicely with finisher medals.

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No Label Triathlon

April 20
Katy, Texas

You’ll start your sprint race with a pool swim at a nearby natatorium, then bike and run your way to the finish line at the No Label Brewery, where you’ll get your pick of post-race libations. Try the El Hefe Weizenit’s a perfect counterbalance to the fire of competition.

Smuttynose Will Run For Beer 5K
June 23
Hampton, N.H.

The final event of New England’s “Will Run For Beer” Race Series takes place at the Smuttynose Brewery, where 5K finishers toast to a great season of racing (and drinking) with pale ales, porters, IPAs and pilsners.

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