Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 Jailhouse Brewing 5K - Race Report

Saturday, May 13th 2017 was the date of the 7th annual Jailhouse Brewing 5K race in Hampton, Georgia.  This race is an evening event that starts at 6 p.m. in the heart of the bustling metropolis that is Hampton, Georgia. My buddy Jim Macie and I have run a few races together over the years. This time we were lucky enough to have my wife Susan and our friend Carla join us. This wasn't just a race though. It had the special attraction of being a race followed by beer. It was well attended. My co-worker Jay and his wife Alice were also there. Jay took these pictures - thanks Jay. Jay's wife Alice also raced. She finished with a solid 1st place in her age-group with a very respectable time of 25:00.

Carla, Jim, Susan and I
Revolution Running provided the timing; clock only - no chip. Registration was through the website which links to where the results are also posted.

Awards are presented for the Overall Male/Female and Masters Male/Female finishers. The Revolution Running website indicated the age group awards were presented to male/female in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60 & over. However, the actual results indicated the age-groups were in 10 year increments: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 450-59, 60-69, and 70+. The race ends near where it started at Jailhouse Brewing in downtown Hampton where, if you're old enough and paid the $13 fee, you can enjoy 36 oz of refreshing cold Jailhouse beer. You get a wristband at registration/packet pickup to get runners into the brewery tour. Only 225 wristbands are sold so Susan and I bought ours when we registered online about a month before the race.

The Jailhouse Brewing tour includes a pint glass and 3 pours. It's good beer so it didn't take much arm twisting to get me to join in. After the race, of course.

Jailhouse Brewing 5K Race Start
The course was flat on a route that was pretty much out and back. There is one little hill near the turn-around loop. There are no rest stops on the course. That was fine for me but I'm sure some of the other runners would have liked a cup of water or something. There was water at the end of the race. Just as the time-keepers got your time someone handed me a bottle of water. It wasn't cold but...

I pushed my stubby hobbit legs hard to finish the race 18th overall and 3rd place in the 50 - 59 age-group with a 21:46 finish time.

Jim finished 2nd in the 70+ age-group in 40:18.

Jim and I both won Jailhouse Brewing growlers.

My Jailhouse Brewing growler award and Susan and my pint glass
Susan finished in 3rd place in her age-group. Her time was 49:19. Carla finished in 40:56.

We all took home Jailhouse Brewing t-shirts. Kudos to all of us.

Race t-shirt front side artwork

Race t-shirt backside artwork
This is a fun little race that's close to home and they have beer. Need I say more?

Thanks for reading.