Keg Run

The Cherry Creek Sneak, now in its 29th year, has become one of the biggest races of the season, attracting more than 10,000 runners. Last year, Competitor magazine named it Denver’s best running event. The secret, according to race promoter Patrick Downing? Free beer.

“The five-mile race is the main event, and we also have a 5K option, the 1.5-mile Sneak Sprint, a half-mile Kids’ Fun Run, and the Diaper Dash for toddlers, but I think the key component for everyone over 21 is the free beer,” says Downing, who notes that event sponsor Leinenkugel’s will have that front covered. “People love to come out and run and then stick around to enjoy the sunshine and beer.”

Race-day registration is $45 for adults, $30 for ages nine to seventeen, and free for kids eight and under (save $5 by registering online by April 30). Proceeds benefit the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. The event, sanctioned by USA Track & Field, is a good opportunity to log your first impressive time of the season, with extra incentive to hurry to the finish line.

Races begin at 8 a.m., with a costume contest at 10:30. For more information, go to
Sun., May 1, 8 a.m., 2011