5K Beer Run


Saturday marked the inaugural Beer 5k Run, which also included a quarter-mile walk and beer tasting. This race brings the best of local running, local drinking, and local charities, and is a unique event catering to beer fans.

I was happy to see this event brought together some of the best local microbreweries in the city and the running community to enjoy a fun, athletic event with a relaxing beer tasting after-party. The 5k took place right in the heart of the city in beautiful Grant Park.

It was a perfect day for running with temps in the mid 60’s. The race started at 11 a.m. which is unusually late for running events, but was kind of nice to be able to sleep in. Unfortunately, it was a busy day with multiple other events happening at the same time.

The course ran north on the Lakefront Path, and due to the other events and just general Saturday-afternoon traffic, it made for a hectic and crowded run. The course was not marked, but volunteers were out there guiding the runners. There was one aid station with water by mile two. At the finish line, we received a medal and a 5 oz mini beer mug.

Running was challenging due to the amount of people out on the path but the beer tasting made up for it. The race supported the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation, a local charity focusing on enriching the lives of young adults fighting cancer by providing their families happy memories filled with laughter and smiles.

The best part of the race was the post race celebration, with pizza, a beer tasting, and great music. They had a fantastic beer selection, including some of my favorite like Illuminated Brew Works, Finch, Church Street, Aleman, Revolution Brewery, and Old Irving Brewery.

Overall, this is a great option to get people into running. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and support local businesses and charities and for people to do some running, have a beer or two, and enjoy summer in Chicago.

Male Winners

  1. Mike Cauley
  2. Andrew Mullen
  3. Vitalicio Lisapov

Female winners

  1. Erika Ostrander
  2. Sophie Rambaud
  3. Angie Davis
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Erika has been an endurance athlete for over 20 years. She fell in love with running in her 20’s in graduate school, working full time and being a single mother. Running became time for reflection. She has run over 30 marathons and countless triathlons; qualified for 70.3 World championships. To qualify for Kona is her next goal! She loves being a mom to a wonderful young lady and a fur puppy (cocker spaniel). Travel and exploring new places to train around the world is a passion. She is a licensed clinical counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. She spent 15 years in academia and has recently taken a role as a clinical director to focus on her clinical work. Erika believes in the therapeutic benefits of endurance training for people who struggle with mental health illness and stress. She is patiently waiting until we can all travel and race safely again, until then she recommends staying active, healthy. and consistent.


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