Early morning for my friend and I. We left Sacramento, CA at 5 am and arrived in Sebastopol, CA at 7 am. Parking was not a problem for us since we got there an hour before the start.
We picked up our bibs at the Marketplace Expo on the morning of the race. FYI, there’s a $12 for race day pick up. The Marketplace Expo had about ½ a dozen vendors, including Fleet Feet Sports and AVID coffee. It was small, but intimate. People were super friendly and helpful.
The race started with a Beer Toast and we were off by 8 am. There were plenty of beers and cider in dixie cups for anyone who wanted it for the toast.
The race itself was lovely, mainly because I love running through small towns. Got the feel of a small town charm. We ran by the local high school, some vineyards, local shops, and the green belt. I was surprised at the hills for the first couple of miles, but in retrospect, they weren’t that bad. It warmed up way quicker than I anticipated so the layers came off fairly quickly. Those six miles went by fairly quickly.
Once we finished, we picked up our Beer Festival ticket and headed off to sample local brews. I am not much of a beer drinker, but I did enjoy a few of the local brews. Everyone was super friendly, and were all happy to give you as many samples as you wanted.
The Team Beer Relay was by far my favorite! Six times of two competed for the title of Beer Relay Champion. Each person had to drink two bees and run two laps (0.25 mile/lap). It was a hoot to watch – I was kind of in awe at their ability to hold down the alcohol and run fast!
The women and men beer run took place after the relay. We didn't stay for it because we needed food in our tank at that point.