Even for the most avid, health-conscious runners, a carrot on a stick is probably not the most enticing form of motivation. But a beer? That’s another story.
The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is back for 2017 with 25 events across the state (see the full list below). Now in its sixth year, the events are designed to showcase the many local breweries and neighborhoods throughout Minnesota while encouraging healthy activity. The variety of casual 0.5K, 5K and 10K walk/jog/run courses all start and end at breweries. Each event offers different extra features including health tips, product demos, food trucks, and live music.
Registration costs $30 and includes a beer, a choice of a collector’s pint glass or Minnesota Brewery Running Series swag item, raffle entry, and an array of giveaways and goodies from community partners and sponsors.
The events also have a charitable angle—10% of all proceeds from the runs go back to the local community. This year’s non-profit partners include:
- Brewing A Better Forest — A group of arborists and beer lovers who encourage Minnesota residents to notice, appreciate, and help water newly planted city trees.
- People for Parks — An organization whose purpose is to sponsor programs and projects that enhance and promote our city’s park services and facilities.
- Red Shoe Society — A group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM), while promoting volunteerism and generating financial support.
“We do this for the love of beer, the love of running, and the love of our community,” co-founder Nate Herrington said in a press release. “With our growing number of participants (the Series has doubled in size every year since its inception in 2012), we have a great platform to showcase local groups who deserve some attention. We support their efforts and want to encourage more locals to engage. We invite our partners to share their story at our events to initiate a connection with a new audience. And it works!”
The series will kick off with a party on Saturday, March 11, at Motion MN. The event is free to the public but registration for one of two time slots, 4–6pm or 6–8pm, is required. The kickoff event will include training demos by expert Motion MN staff, a Q&A session with craft beer professionals, seasonal merchandise from local retailers, special registration deals, and prizes.
Below is the full list of 2017 events. For more information, visit the Minnesota Brewery Running Series website.