Imagine a foot race where nobody really cared about pace. You simply trotted 5K through a neighborhood, getting to know a new part of Austin, then someone handed you a beer while a band played live music.
That’s the Texas Brewery Running Series, and this week’s race is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Southern Heights Brewing Co., 6014 Techni Center Drive.
The series started in Minnesota in 2012. Founders Nate Herrington and Morgan Jappe wanted to combine their favorite things – being active, drinking beer and supporting their community, so they organized a series of casual runs at local breweries.
Gabbi Lindgren participated in the races when she lived in Minnesota, and missed them when she moved to Texas four years ago. She reached out to organizers, who agreed to help her launch the series in Austin last years. The races started small, but have grown to draw between 80 and 100 runners each.
The key, she says, is keeping them small and friendly.
“It’s a really simple, fun idea,” says Lindgren, founder of the Texas edition of the Brewery Running Series. “Our motto is ‘Be active, have fun and give back.’ People come and do the 5K, and afterward everyone drinks beer.”
Ten percent of proceeds are donated to a local charity of the brewery’s choosing.
“A lot of people get this idea of running a 5K, and they’re not sure they can do it,” Lindgren says. “This is casual and non-intimidating – and you get to drink a beer at the end.”
The 2018 series started in February, and races have already taken place at 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative, Hops & Grain Brewery and Black Star Co-Op. Plenty of opportunities to run and drink beer remain.
Here’s the rest of the schedule:April 7, Adelbert’s BreweryApril 14, Celis BreweryApril 21, Meridian Hive MeaderyMay 5, Oskar BluesMay 19, Friends & Allies Brewing
Registration is $30 in advance or on site the day of the event. For more information, go here.
The course is open; roads are not blocked to traffic. Runners must obey all traffic laws. Volunteers will help direct athletes. Bring a valid ID or driver’s license. Registered runners age 21 and up get a free beer. Those who are under 21 get a free non-alcoholic beverage.