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Fifty runners take part in Hop Run

Beer flows for participants in Yarmouth festival event

YARMOUTH, N.S. – The idea of adding a running event to the Yarmouth Craft Beer Festival was well received on the weekend, as the inaugural Hop Run was well received, according to organizer Rick Allwright.
“It went really well,” he said. “We had 50 runners take part, and a lot of fun was had by all. It was a little chilly of a day for it, but the course was great.”
Participants were treated to a complimentary beer prior to heading out for the run, which was a one-mile loop around Yarmouth.
Each runner had a choice between doing the loop once, twice or three times, and would receive the equivalent number of beers following the race.
It was a fun event, and not competitive in any way, according to Allwright. Local marathoner Bryan Hipson was first across the finish line.
Melanie Smith was also among the participants.

Amanda Maillet (left) and Colette LeBlanc were among the participants in the inaugural Hop Run, which took place in Yarmouth on Saturday, May 27.

Photo courtesy of Mark Hubbard

“I thought the run was a good loop for runners of all levels, but I have to admit I’m not too fond of running with a belly full of beer,” said Smith, with a laugh. “Lesson learned.”
Despite what her belly may have felt, she was all smiles.
“It was really great to see everyone out, and the medals we received were neat too – they doubled as bottle openers,” said Smith. “Overall, it was a good experience.”
Having the first year under their belts, Allwright is already looking forward to next year.
“We learned a lot overall and will be looking to make improvements next year and grow the event,” he said. “We know this can be something really cool.”