The Sac Beer Week 5k has been an event that has been going for a couple of years now. This last weekend was my first go at the event hosted by Sloppy Moose Running Club and Sacramento Beer Week. The 5k draws people from all experiences of running, from fast racing club members to the casual social 5k’er.
Before the race people get there pretty early, compared to other 5k’s. The 5k is unlike most other races, as it prides itself on an event as well. The event side of the race is very well organized. With beers pouring at New Helvetia and various vendors along the closed street, this is an event that everyone should put on their calendar for years to come. Not to mention that the race starts later in the day, with an 11AM start this allows people to sleep in and still enjoy a race without having to get up super early to get race ready.
The 5K loop takes participants around the Land Park neighborhood. Starting at New Helvetia the route runs west on Broadway then turning left onto Land Park Drive. The course continues with another left on 11th, before hitting a left at Freeport. I know a lot of left turns… Then with a final left turn onto Broadway it is back to where it all started at NewHelvetia.
Upon crossing the finish line runners who are of age are welcomed with a beer and high fives. There were a handful on 9RUN6 peeps at the event which was cool to see! Congrats to the dude Run BMC for winning the race.
After the finish line was crossed the festivities continued which included a lot of photos, consumption of craft beer and nibbling a of pretzels.