Finally, a circuit workout I can get behind. The Craft Beer Relay (CBR) is coming to New Hampshire’s Gunstock Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 23, but it’s almost last call for tickets so team up with friends and start shopping for wacky costumes. CBR participants will “drink beer, race, & conquer” during this “5k’ish,” four-person race that travels around the nation with individual challenges that include the Bottle Bash, a Grain Carry, the Keg Hoist, and a Hops Haul, and team games: Slip N’ Flip, Beer Pong, Keg Croquet, and Tire Bowling. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best team name, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
“It’s a relay and you’re going to need your best drinking partners, running friends, or that crazy acquaintance who is always down for a good time while wearing just a Speedo,” Craft Beer Relay’s website states. “Don’t have a team, no worries, register as an individual and we’ll make sure you make it onto a team of soon to be good friends.”
Did I mention that there are 12 craft beer stations along the course to quench your thirst? Sierra Nevada, The Traveler Beer, Co., Angry Orchard, Harpoon, Samuel Adams, and Smutty Nose will offer their refreshing brews before, during, and after the race. Once you cross the finish line and collect a t-shirt and commemorative growler, the celebration of fitness, friends, and slightly foamy beverages continues at the craft beer festival with live music from the Crunchy Western Boys and food trucks.
“Our goal is to provide a race that is fun yet challenging,” Carolyn Hassell, of CBR, said. “We see a lot of camaraderie at our events. Everyone sticks around for the after party. We want folks to return year after year and possibly make our races a travel destination.”
To join the relay revolution (#craftbeerrelay) as a team member, spectator, or volunteer, and learn more about lodging, transportation, and registration, visit Craft Beer Relay. Tickets to this 21+ event (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) are $289 per team and $10 for spectators. Gunstock Mountain Resort is located at 719 Cherry Valley Road, in Gilford, N.H..