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Runners and beer drinkers wanted

Yarmouth’s newest run part of craft beer festival

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 24, 2017

YARMOUTH, N.S. – If you like to run or drink beer, then Yarmouth’s newest run might be for you. If you like to do both, then it definitely is.
The Hop Run will take place on Saturday, May 27 as part of Yarmouth Craft Beer Festival, and is open to runners or teams in distances of one, two or three miles. The distance you run will determine the free beer you are awarded after the run.
“This is a first-year event and it really came from seeing that these kinds of runs were happening in other places,” said Rick Allwright, coordinator with his wife, Candice Phibbs.

Whether you are a runner, a beer drinker, or both, you might want to check out the inaugural Hop Run on Saturday, May 27, as part of the Yarmouth Craft Beer Festival.

Photo courtesy of Rick Allwright

Navigating around liquor licensing laws has not made it the easiest event to organize, however, he said.
“The goal really is to get it off the ground and build a solid foundation,” he said. “In the longer term we want to make this Yarmouth’s signature run. We feel that, once we get the first year under our belts and can really work out some kinks, this will grow and people will want to be a part of it.”
The course is a fairly flat one-mile loop through downtown Yarmouth, according to Allwright, who said they plan to do some “standard distances” in the future.
For more information on The Hop Run, visit here .
“There are a number of runt that happen in Yarmouth but they really are just all the same, charity run sort of deals, with little swag and honestly not much differentiating themselves. We are hoping that the Hop Run fills that need.”
Starting at the Rodd Grand Hotel, each runner of legal age (the festival is 19+) will receive a beer upon registration, and another one, two or three more post-run depending on the distance they ran.
Runners can register as individuals or as teams in the Bro/Brae Relay.
Allwright said they would like to see 50 participants for the first year, and said pre-registration numbers have been encouraging. About 40 were signed up as of Tuesday night, and he was expecting about 70 by race day. The event is capped at 100 to make it more manageable.