EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Seventh Annual ‘Bottoms Up Beer Run’ Set for June 9 at Wickham Park
By Anne Gregg // April 20, 2019
proceeds from the race benefit SAAZ and St. Baldrick's Foundation
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Associates for the Advancement of Zymurgy (SAAZ) will host the 7th Annual Bottoms Up Beer Run on June 9 at Wickham Park. The Bottoms Up Beer Run is a fun 4K that combines running (or walking) with homebrew along the way.
Brewers from SAAZ will provide four different homebrews along the race course. Participants at least 21-years-old can consume four beer shots during the race and choose their favorite for a full pint at the finish.
Those under 21 cannot drink the beer but can still join in the fun. And if running and drinking is not your thing, there will have water along the course too.
The race is professionally timed by the Running Zone so you can race your way through quickly to a personal best or take your time sipping along the way and laugh at how long it took you to do a 4K.
Online registration is available by clicking HERE.
In-person registration is at the Running Zone store on Wickham Road. Individuals may also register race day between 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The race is capped at 400 participants and every runner will get a T-shirt and a bottle opener medal. Those 21-years-old and over will be able to consume two beers along the course, water is also available.
You do not have to drink to participate. Post-race refreshments are available and proceeds from the race benefit SAAZ and St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
In the last six years, the race has raised $25,000 for St. Baldrick’s, thanks to the generosity of runners and sponsors.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research and funds more in childhood cancer grants than any organization except for the U.S. government. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has funded over $20 million in childhood cancer research grants.
This year’ sponsors include Brock’s Homebrew Supply, Carroll Distributing, Jimmy John’s, Quarters Brewing and Arcade, Running Zone, Save-a-Lot, Sweet Bliss Sunshine State Distributing, The B.A.C.K. Center, The Broken Barrel Tavern, Village Idiot Pub, and Webb’s Honey.
Event organizers said last year’s race was amazing and this year will be bigger and better.
“This will be a fun day with friends and family, they encourage you to run in costumes or create a team theme,” said race organizers.
“SAAZ wants to introduce the community to the fun hobby of homebrewing and encourages participants to join their club and start brewing your own. Come join them for a beer run.”
SAAZ is the local homebrew club in Brevard County, established in 1992 as an AHA (American Homebrewers Association) registered club. Their mission is to promote the art of homebrewing and provide education to the local community.
Their members make beer, cider, mead and wine. SAAZ sponsors a national competition every fall, hosts several brewing demonstrations in the community and monthly meetings with education.
In addition, their members volunteer at many community events as beer stewards. Meetings are the third Sunday of the month, visit www.saaz.org for more information.
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