This past Saturday was the second annual running of the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run, well the second of this reincarnation of the old race. You may recall that I ran this race last year and was happy when my dad said that he was doing it again this year. Not that I needed an excuse to run this very fun race, but it’s always nice to have someone to run with.
With the opening of the Moerlein Lager House on the riverfront this year, the start and finish of the race was moved nearby. We still ran through Over-the-Rhine, the sight of last years start/finish, on a very similar course through numerous old Cincinnati brewing locations. However, the new location provided a much better spot for the after party.
My dad and I did not run as fast as we did last year, around 8 min/mile pace, but we were still far under our 8:30 min/mile goal. The official race results have us at an 8:18 pace, but my dad’s Garmin watch had it closer to 8:07. Either way we were very happy with our performance.
Once we crossed the finish line we were given our medals, which are even cooler than last year’s. This time around they included a bottle opener as part of the medal design. We were also given a souvenir pint glass, as well as a couple of beers and a variety of food. Just as last year, the lines were long but at least we were outside this time around. Plus the Uberdrome tent that was setup for Oktoberfest weekend was in use for large seating areas and musical entertainment. Overall the race was much improved verses an already successful first year. I can’t wait to run it again next year.