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Dogfish Dash Weekend

The sixth Dogfish Dash was held on September 30, 2012. The race consists of both a 5k and a 10k, with all proceeds going to the Delaware chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The Dash is by far the biggest source of funds for the conservancy. Each year the Dogfish Dash beats fundraising expectations. The 2012 edition of the race raised $38,500 which, considering that the combined registration was limited to 1900 runners and the 5k and 10k cost $20 and $25, respectively, is an amazing accomplishment. The entire brewery takes part as organizers, volunteers, and even runners to help make the weekend a success. Approximately 95% of the trash from the race is either recycled or composted. All plates, bowls, and utensils were made of bio-degradable materials so went into the compost can.

The race weekend starts on Saturday with packet pick-up at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. I got their early to both get a parking space and to enjoy the atmosphere. I cannot pass up the opportunity to try the brewpub-only releases and really enjoyed the Beard de Garde and Wet Hop American Summer After Dark. After the beers and a crab meat pizza I made my way to packet pickup.

Race Time

Knowing I wouldn’t sleep too well the night before a race I headed to bed early. Race day came too quick when my alarm went off at 5:30. Time to run. Getting to the race was easy and parking was plentiful. We met up with my friends from Mud Hound Brewing before the race as I was working off the pre-race nerves. Porta-johns, as you can see in the picture, were plentiful. In last year’s 5k I was beat by a nine year old by 1:00 and vowed to keep it much closer this year when I noticed that he was entered in the race. Even though 1900 runners registered for the race only a little over 1500 showed up on race day. The Dash is a local endeavor with no prize money but runners from 26 different states were registered. Dogfish Head pulls out all the stops to make this a great time for everyone. There is a costume competition and keg sprints with their own prizes. The race kicked off at 8 A.M.

After the race, the fun continues. There is a breakfast spread with yogurt, granola, bagels, and fruit. I like the 5k because I can finish and cool down to enjoy the after-race festivities. This year each runner’s bib had three tickets for free beer. The beer tents opened at 9 A.M. and offerred Shelter Pale Ale, Indian Brown Ale, and 60min IPA.

Group Costume Winner

My goal was to beat last year’s time and I accomplished just that finishing in 8th place with a new PR of 19:29. The winning time was just over 18:00 and, yes, the now ten-year-old still beat me. However, the time gap was only seven seconds this year. At the Awards Ceremony, Sam Calagione came up to talk about the race and its history. He talked about the effinity between Dogfish Head and the Nature Conservancy and then presented the check. Next on the schedule was the costume awards. The hand’s down winner in the group category was the group running together as a 6-pack. I really lucked out this year and my time was 1:20 faster than last year and I got the Master’s Award for the best time for a runner 40 and over. I got to shake the hands of Sam Calagion and Jack Markell, the Governor of Delaware.

The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without taking a quick tour of the brewery itself. Since last year Dogfish Head has undergone many changes including the addition of ten new 20,000 gallon fermenters. Immediately behind the brewery construction has begun on a 130,000+ square foot addition which will allow Dogfish to continue to grow as needed.

I’m definitely running this race next year! Let us know if you ran, or plan to run next year. We’d love to get a large Beer Circle following there!

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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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