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Beer, wine and spirits

Fredericton hosts trio of events over N.B. Day weekend

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 8, 2017

FREDERICTON – Steve Gallant was hitting the 4K mark of his 6K race, and he was pushing pretty hard.
“I looked down at the pavement, and saw the word ‘beer’ written in chalk,” said Gallant. “It gave me a little boost for sure.”
It was enough of a boost that it helped him run to a first place finish in the 6K at the annual Fredericton Beer Run on Monday, Aug. 7, with a time of 28:58.
Not that your finishing time matters much in this fun event, which combines running with beer sampling.

Annik Leclerc-Theriault (left) and Josee Leclerc enjoy some post-run beverages following the annual Fredericton Beer Run on Monday, Aug. 7.

Photo courtesy of New Brunswick Beer Run on Facebook

For complete official results, visit the Race Roster page here .
Some of the runners, like Scott Davis, not only took part in Monday’s beer run, but also the Fredericton Wine Run on Sunday, Aug. 6, and the Spirited Dash on Saturday, Aug. 5. All three events joined together to offer a special experience on the New Brunswick Day long weekend.
Davis, who finished first in the 4K race with a time of 15:00, decided to run the three races after reading about them online Saturday morning, and said he was glad that he did.
Combining running events with sampling alcoholic beverages is a unique experience that can be done well, he explained.
“I have attended many of each type of event before but this was the first time I attended one that combined the two,” said Davis. “The events have a casual and social feel, yet they are well organized. I met a lot of new people and ran into a lot of old friends.”

“It’s a great event that’s a fun atmosphere for everyone,” said Gallant. “This is my second year and I again had a lot of fun. It’s a great event for people that want to loosen up and have some fun.”
Apparently there are quite a few who are up for that, as 106 participants turned out for the event, which also included 12K and 4K distances.
Finishing second behind Gallant was Anthony Weir at 29:35, followed by Allen Chase at 30:15.
The top female finisher was Maris Young of Quispamsis, who finished in 31:07.
It was her first beer race, and she is looking forward to doing another one.
“I loved the beer at the end, particularly because you were able to taste test a bunch of different microbreweries from New Brunswick,” said Young.
“The course itself was pretty flat and well mapped out,” she added. “I enjoyed running across the walking bridge. I hate doing multiple loops of a course, so this race was perfect.”