For me, fall Sundays are reserved for long runs, time with the family, football and maybe a beer or two. It’s a chance to recuperate from often busy weeks. So while I would love to take credit for the great idea behind the “Great Prospector Beer Run” Sunday, I cannot. I can’t even put claims on having this publication’s name associated with it.
That’s all thanks to Publisher Dave Schmall and The Union event gurus Julia Stidham and Mary Anne Davis.
On Sunday, The Union will team up with the Sierra TrailBlazers and ol’ Republic Brewery to host the inaugural event, featuring a nearly 5K course, craft beer by our local brewery, barbecue by SPD and music by the Chillbillies to keep people on their feet long after the run ends and the dancing begins.
Don’t let the word “run” fool you. The 2.9-mile course winds it way through the streets of the Seven Hills Business District, now ablaze in reds, oranges and yellows of fall. Those more inclined to walk will probably get the most scenic views of the route — as runners are prone to constantly looking down so as not to trip.
Those who do prefer to run, or are in just a hurry to get to the beer at the end, can take care that the Sierra TrailBlazers have designed the course. It will be a good one. The local running club’s president, Peggy Davidson, along with the board of Sierra TrailBlazers have done a great job this year reaching out to the community to share their love of the sport through free running clinics and this fun run.
And fun it is. Runners (or walkers) won’t be timed, and the only award handed out for crossing the finish line is a cold beer handcrafted by ol’ Republic Brewery.
While I didn’t come up with the idea, I will be there to take part in the festivities. After all, there will be running, beer and dancing with my daughters to the American blend of surf rock and country music of the Chillbillies, which constitutes a great day for me. The band features the music of Tom Menig on guitar/vocals, John Girton also on guitar/vocals, Bob Gubber on keyboards, Charlie Faber on bass and Ty Smith on drums and vocals. They are sure to put the “fun” in the run. Runners, walkers and spectators alike can catch the Chillbillies from noon to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the brewery.
Registration for the Beer Run is $25 in advance or $30 Sunday. It includes a customized beer glass for the first 150 registered, barbecue lunch and a beer for those 21 and older. For more about the run or to register, go to http://www.theunion.com/beerrun.
As for my typical Sunday respite — I have all of next week to recover, while I’m off work enjoying some quality family time.
Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 530-477-4219.