Beer and running isn’t usually a recommended combination. Now picture running in an old bridesmaid gown or dressed as your favorite 1980’s rocker.
If that sounds like your kind of fun, consider a drive to the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds in Crownsville, Maryland, this Saturday, April 18, for the 3rd Annual Beer Run. Whether you choose the 1K Fun Run or the 5K, the courses feature a “beer stop” every 400 feet, with some 40 beers available. Participants–some 2,000 took part last year–can wear regular running gear, or can try to win one of the “best costume” prizes. “Serious” racers start at 1 p.m.; not-so-serious runners start at 2. Tickets are $65 for the race and beer package; $35 without the beer. Proceeds benefit two local charities: MSBusters Fundraising Team, for multiple sclerosis, and Box of Rain, a maritime youth program.
The Beer Run is part of festivities kicking off Annapolis Beer Week, April 18 through 25. Besides assorted beer nights and dinners all week at bars around town, other goings-on include: a Beer & Bands party at Stan & Joe’s Saloon on Sunday, April 19, which will be pouring 40 craft brews and benefitting the Foundation for Community Betterment; the 2nd Annual Chicken Wing & Beer Festival on Saturday, April 25, which will serve some 30 types of wings and 30 different beers and benefit YMCA Camp Letts; and the 4th Annual Drafts and Laughs, also on April 25, for which eight comics–many of whom are wounded warriors–will take to the stage while party-goers can sample 30 drafts, including chocolate and beer pairings, all to benefit Warfighter Sports and the Foundation for Community Betterment.