The Amazing Race

I’ve never been crazy enough to run a half-marathon — especially not one on a freakin’ mountain, and especially not a fourteener — but if I ever did reach that level of insanity, and if I actually managed to finish, here would be the first two things I’d want when it was all over: food and beer. Preferably lots of both. And perhaps some relaxing background music to accompany the washing away of my aches and pains.

So you can see the appeal of today’s Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon, which takes place alongside the second annual Grillin’ Chillin’ Thrillin’ Music and Brew Fest in beautiful Ouray. “We just sort of decided we wanted to have a festival in town,” explains spokeswoman Karen Avery of the fest’s inception, “and we decided that we wanted a brew fest, and we picked the same weekend as the race so there’s an opportunity for people to do other things.” Besides running, that is. Thirteen microbrews are lined up to provide sips and giggles; there will also be food, live music, and a bouncy castle for the kids.

The entry fee for the half-marathon is $30, and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. The brewfest kicks off at noon and goes till 6 p.m.; admission is $20 if you’re drinking, $5 if you’re not. Call 970-325-4746 or visit www.ouraycolorado.com for information.
Sat., Aug. 29, 12-6 p.m., 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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