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Craft Beer Relay

Where: Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford
When: Saturday, July 23, festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., relay starts at 1 p.m. 
Cost: $289 for teams, $74 for individuals. Registration is available online until 11 a.m. the day of the event. Admission for spectators costs $10. 21+ only. 
Visit: craftbeerrelay.com




Beer for miles
Racing and tasting at the Craft Beer Relay

07/14/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 A new 5K race with a twist will have costumed beer lovers sprinting, flipping and hoisting their way to craft brews. The Craft Beer Relay will make its New Hampshire debut at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 23, with fun challenges, prizes and 12 beer stations featuring samples from Smuttynose, Harpoon, Traveler Beer Company and others.

This will be the fifth national relay, following relays in Montana, San Diego, Phoenix and Vermont. The idea was developed to bring adventure racing, craft beer and friends together.
“It’s a super fun outdoor event to participate in, with great beer and great camaraderie,” Event Manager Carolyn Hassell said.
Participants will compete in teams of four. They can register as a team, or, if they don’t have one, they can register as individuals and will be assigned to a team. Each team member will tackle a loop with one team challenge and one solo challenge, both of which double as beer stations. There will also be a third beer station without a challenge.
Team challenges include the slip ‘n’ flip, beer pong, keg croquet and tire bowling while solo challenges include the bottle bash, grain carry, keg hoist and hops haul. While these may sound like ambitious tasks to complete after a few cups of beer, Hassell said there’s nothing that’s too physically demanding.
“I wouldn’t call the challenges that difficult, especially when you have others on your team to help make things easier,” she said.
When a runner completes his loop, the next team member will begin a loop with new challenges and beer stations. Each person will sample beer at all of the team challenges plus the solo challenge and beer station on the individual loops, for a total of six beers.  
The beer roster includes Harpoon’s UFO White, UFO Big Squeeze, IPA and Camp Wannamango; Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale and Hop Hunter IPA; Traveler Beer Company’s Grapefruit Traveler; Angry Orchard Hard Cider; Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog and Finestkind IPA; and Samuel Adams’ Rebel IPA and Summer Ale.
It’s not required for participants to drink at all six or even any of the beer stations.
“Some people skip the drinking or moderate it and just want to do [the relay] for fun, to run and get a little exercise,” Hassell said. “There’s others who just walk it. It’s not a very competitive run for most people.”
Prizes including Craft Beer Relay merchandise and free entry for future races will be awarded to the first, second, third, 16th, 64th, 128th and last place teams. There will also be prizes for the best team name and the best team costumes.
“We’ve had teams dress up like superheroes, Ninja Turtles, vikings, unicorns, in Scottish kilts or whatever random Halloween costumes they can dig up,” Hassell said.  
People not participating in the relay can watch the action and enjoy an ongoing festival that opens a couple hours before the race and closes a couple hours after. It will feature live music, games, food trucks, all 12 beers from the relay and an awards ceremony.
“Whether you’re competing or just want to come hang out, drink some beer and watch all the runners, the festival is a lot of fun,” Hassell said.  





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