Running and craft beer wed at Saturday event

Running and drinking beer is nothing new, but running and drinking craft beer at a festival is the angle of a relatively new national running series.

Editor's note: The inaugural Craft Brew Races festival was cancelled late Thursday night. Get more details here.

A relatively new national running series that does not involve mud and obstacles, neon colors or spewing foam arrives in the Charleston area Saturday.

The Craft Brew Race Series capitalizes on the growing trend of coupling running and drinking beer, and in this case GOOD BEER, at a post-run craft beer festival. The series started with five events in New England last year and has branched out to Savannah and Boulder, Colo., and Charleston (its last stop) this year.

“When we were deciding to take the Craft Brew Races 'on the road,' ” says Matthew Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing, the event organizer, “we picked cities that appreciated the beneficial pairing of some light-hearted fitness combined with quality craft beer. We think Charleston is a perfect fit for this event.”

The Craft Brew Race consists of a optional 5K run or walk around the Riverfront Park in North Charleston followed by a craft beer event featuring nearly two dozen breweries, including local favorites like Freehouse Brewery, Holy City Brewing, Coast and Frothy Bear Brewing Company, among others.

A new microbrewery, Cooper River Brewing Co., is making its debut at the event to offer attendees the first few sips of its creations.

The event will start with a 5K at noon. The beer festival will run 12:30-4 p.m. The fees for those who want to run are $55 today and Friday and $65 Saturday. For those who want to skip the run, it's $45 today and Friday and $55 on Saturday. Designated drivers get go to the festival (not run) for $15-$25.

All participants must be age 21 or older.

Adding to the festivities is a Traveler Beer Co. costume contest, food trucks, local vendors and live music by Busker. The day will be bolstered by food trucks, local vendors, and live music from Busker. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to South Carolina Brewers Guild.

Speaking of beer festivals, New Belgium Brewing's Clip Beer & Film Tour that made its sixth stop in Charleston on Oct. 15 drew about 1,300 people and raised more than $8,900 for Charleston Moves, the local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group.

And while Charleston Moves is the fortunate beneficiary of New Belgium, the organization decided to embark on its first independent fundraising event Tuesday with the inaugural Pedal & Panache.

The fall soiree will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. The party will include a vintage bicycle display, live art bike auction, a photo booth, hors d'oeuvres and live music by Wheels.

And as the title of the event indicates, participants should plan to bring a little style to the event.

“We want to help highlight the fact that you can wear nice clothes, not Lycra, and ride a bicycle,” says Kurt Cavanaugh, director of Charleston Moves. “It's a barrier that we have to try to break (in Charleston).”

Admission is $40 and includes a Charleston Moves membership and screen printed T-shirt.

With concerns about declining numbers of monarch butterflies in North America, the species has gained a new level of celebrity.

On Saturday, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will hold an event, Monarch Migration, to help a naturalist search for and potentially tag monarchs, while learning about the butterfly's migration to Mexico.

The event will be 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Folly Beach County Park. The fee is $7 for Charleston County residents and $9 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required by calling (843) 795-4386 today.

Local boxing fans can check out area talent at Hurricane Boxing's annual Fight Night, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The sanctioned event will be judged and scored by USA Boxing officials. Fighters will be coming from around the region to compete and include youth, teen and adult male and female athletes.

Each fight will last three rounds and there are 17 scheduled matches. All are welcome and tickets are available for sale at the door. Hurricane Boxing is at 792 Folly Road on James Island.

Tickets are $20 for ringside and $10 for general admission.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.

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