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The annual Will Run For Beer 5K is returning to Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, NH this June! Thousands of runners will traverse scenic rural roads lined with hay fields and stone walls before finishing with a day-long party at the brewery featuring live music, great food, and delicious craft beer! … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I definitely do not run for beer but I was looking for a short race in NH to run with my dad for Father's Day. We were initially going to … MORE

    I definitely do not run for beer but I was looking for a short race in NH to run with my dad for Father’s Day. We were initially going to do the equally unappealing RibFest 5 Miler by Millennium but when that ended up being one of the only races Millennium canceled this year, we decided to do this race instead. This race is produced by Loco the other big running company in NH. However Loco just announced last week they were bought by some new, big nation-wide running company called Ventures Endurance so I wasn’t sure how that might affect this race but it seemed to be a non-issue. It will be interesting to see how it changes things in the future though for Loco races since I am doing Rockfest this Fall. This race is in Portsmouth at the Smuttynose brewery. You signed up for waves. My dad and I signed up for the earliest 8am wave since we were going to a baseball game this afternoon. Parking and packet pick-up were easy the day of the race. The packet included a really, nice technical 3/4 length baseball style shirt that says “Will Run for Beer” very large. I will wear it ironically. You also get a beer Koozie. Start was organized well and waves left every 15 minutes. Course was sort of a lollipop with a few short out and backs around the brewery. It was an okay course. It was mostly wooded and shaded which was nice since it was hot. There was nothing too exciting to look at but it was pleasant. There was a busy street right along a lot of the course so lots of car noises so I’d recommend listening to music. I should have looked at course elevation more. I presumed it would be pancake flat as it was near the seacoast but it had some little rollers. About 100 feet of elevation gain. Flatter than most NH races and normally I’d hardly notice them but it was hillier than I was hoping for since I was so sore today from the 3 half marathons I did in 8 days. My biggest issue with the course is it was again slightly short at 3 miles (although I didn’t care so much today as I again was so sore). I’m pretty sure everyone is too drunk at these alcohol themed races to measure properly lol. I was actually shocked by how well I finished. I felt terribly sore coming into this race and I was actually able to run the entire race at a slow but reasonable pace. At the finish line there was water bottles and bananas. There was also a beer garden where you could redeem your 2 beer tickets and meal ticket on your bib. There was a barbeque with hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers and a gourmet grilled cheese truck! I did not redeem the beer tickets but I couldn’t say no to gourmet grilled cheese and it did not disappoint.

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