Being from West Michigan, one of the larger running events in the area is the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. The race is held this year on October 20th, and besides a marathon, also includes a half marathon, a marathon relay, and a kids marathon.
local company the New Holland Brewery who covers the tab for your choice of their drafts at each bar and also by Saucony, who kicks in with demo shoes to run in and door prizes.
Last night's event was one of the ones closer to my house and only a few miles from my friend Coley's house, so we agreed to meet up there for a nice run and a cold one after.
Each run costs $10, which gets you a beer at the end of the run, some snacks and a ticket for raffle prizes. When you check in they give you a ticket for beer and raffles and then you're ready to hit the road!
The runs generally go about 3-5 miles, depending on the location and the availability of places to run. Last night's run included a nice 4.8 mile loop out around a local lake and ended up being one of the more scenic routes.
Coley and I wanted to keep a nice 10 minute/mile pace for our run. Neither she nor I was feeling up to pushing it too hard and too fast. I may have mentioned I twisted my knee a few weeks ago and it's still bothering me a bit, but usually gets better the longer into the run I get. But that first mile can really SUCK.
Luckily for us, Coley's boyfriend also lives close by and Ucello's, where the run was being held, is a sportsbar, so he agreed to come out and get a table while we ran so we would have a place to sit when we got back.
After trading in our tickets for a New Holland White Hatter (A Belgian Style White Pale Ale), Coley and I got to enjoy a pretty nice dinner together while watching The Tigers do what they do best with a win against Cleveland.
Nicole and I both ended up with some nice Grand Rapids Marathon technical shirts that we can wear while we train to run the half marathon this Fall.
And hey, who doesn't like a nice evening of running, beer, and prizes?!?!