Race: Kerrville Craft Beer Run
Runner: Kristi A
Race Date: 06/08/2019
Location: Kerrville, Texas
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
This is a small-town race that benefits a good cause – the proceeds are used to plant additional trees in the park where the race is held. It is logistically really easy. The race location is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. However, I ran to the race from my hotel.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The race is in Texas in June, so it’s hot. That’s to be expected. I did not expect that there would be no water offered before the race. There were park bathrooms and a water fountain a fair distance away from the start line, but other than that, there was no water to be found beforehand. At the finish line, there was a table with small water bottles. That water supply was running low for later-finishers. A lack of water at a summer race in Texas in inexcusable (and can be dangerous).
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
There’s nothing particularly weird about this race.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
This wasn’t my best race result, but I enjoyed that the race was no-fuss. The logistics weren’t difficult, and there were no huge crowds. It’s a great race to do to remind yourself what to do and not do!
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Come prepared with your own water and look for a shady spot to wait before the race starts!
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
If I ran this particular race again, I would drive to the park, take my own water, and run a slow warmup along the course route to get a sense of it beforehand. I might also keep rags in ice water in my car to cool off with before the race start.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
The race is held on the park’s river “trail,” which is actually a wide sidewalk. Parts of the river trail are very exposed to the sun, and other parts are very shaded. No information was provided beforehand about the actual course, but it turned out to be mostly along the shaded part. The course was open to other park patrons, so there were a few people and their dogs along the course who were not participating in the race. There weren’t enough of them to cause a problem, though.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
This is a very pretty course that parallels a river and is mostly tree-shaded.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
The course is not tough. It is an out-and-back, mostly flat course. There are a few inclines, but they aren’t steep or difficult.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
This was only the second year for this race, but overall it was well-organized.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
For a small town race, the field was stronger than I expected. The top finisher was a woman who finished in 18 minutes.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
It is not difficult to participate in this race! There was a discount if you signed up early, but they had race-day registration as well. There are plenty of hotels in the area.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
There was one water table set up near the turnaround point. There were small cups of self-serve water – no one to hand them out.
Weather and typical race conditions
Hot, humid, and sunny! Expect temperatures in the 80s, with humidity around 80-85%.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
It is a really spectator-friendly course. Spectators have easy access to the start and finish lines for photos and cheering.
How’s the Swag?
The race is sponsored by two local breweries, so the race packet includes 2 coupons, each for a free pint of beer. You also get a cotton T-shirt (non-technical). Post-race, the free beer was plentiful. Too bad for me that I don’t drink beer!
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
I would recommend this race to others if you’re looking for a good practice race. Because of the lack of water at the start and the low supply of water at the finish, I give it 7 out of 10 stars.