I participated in a few of these last summer (read about one of them HERE) These free trail runs are organized by Surly Brewing primarily as training runs for the Surly Trail Loppet, which is held on September 20th.
If you have been reading for a while, you might remember that my friends Kelly and Abby did a guest review of that race last year- read that awesome post HERE! I didn’t get to do the Surly Trail Half marathon last fall because it was just one week before I ran the Berlin Marathon. I am hoping that year it will fit better into my training schedule (OBX Marathon is not until November 9th) though I haven’t registered quite yet.
Each run starts at 6:30 pm at Theodore Wirth Park. These are not chip-timed, but rather they are just “fun” runs with a laid-back vibe.
After the run, there was a drawing for Surly shirts and gear, as well as one free registration for the trail half marathon. I was really hoping to win a registration, but I didn’t…However, every participant in the Furious Five miler gets a ticket for a free Surly beer at the brewery in Brooklyn Center. Originally, I hadn’t planned on going to the Surly brewery after the run, but alas, peer pressure convinced me to go!
All the runners are very friendly. We enjoyed some good conversation, and I can’t complain about a free pint of Surly!
Overall, a solid good time.
By the way, I wore my Brooks Cascadia trail shoes for the first time. They were definitely stiffer than my Brooks Ravennas, (as trail shoes usually are) Overall, it seemed to be a good fit. I look forward to more trail miles in these!