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Who Doesn’t Like Trails and/or Ales?

Andy Thompson

@richmondoutside
August 11, 2016 11:46am

To celebrate Richmond’s urban trail system and popular craft brewery culture, Sports Backers announced recently the second annual Trails and Ales trail run and craft beer festival, set for Saturday, September 24. The event will take place in Manchester at W. 10th Street and Semmes Avenue (adjacent to the SunTrust Mortgage offices) at 4:30 p.m.

Registration for Trails and Ales is now open with a block of the first 250 spots open at a special rate of $30 for the Pint Glass course (5k distance) and $40 for the Tall Boy course (8-mile distance). Overall registration will be capped at 1,000 participants.

In conjunction with the trail run, will be the Trails and Ales Craft Beer Festival, highlighting the culture of craft brewing that continues to rise in the Richmond region. Beers and ciders from local breweries, including Stone Brewing, Trapezium Brewing Co., Buskey Hard Cider, South Street Brewery, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company, will be available at the festival and race participants will receive a stainless steel finisher cup and one drink ticket to be redeemed at the festival. There will also be food trucks, beverages available for purchase, and music. Friends, family, and spectators are also invited to take part in the festival.

Both the Tall Boy and Pint Glass courses will be on the scenic Buttermilk and North Bank trails in the James River Park System. The Tall Boy course pairs medium to high climbs with smooth paths along the river and a fun finish, while the Pint Glass course has lower mileage compared to its 8-mile companion, but shares the same earthy aromas, scenic views, and exciting finish.

Participants will have the opportunity to donate to support the RVA MORE Trail Maintenance Fund as part of Trails and Ales. All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond to be used in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system.

Click here for more information and registration for Trails and Ales. Once the first 250 spots have been claimed, registration will re-open at a later date with a higher fee for both distances.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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