Race Recap: Craft Brew Races Stowe 5k

This is a recap of my personal experience. If you’re looking for more nitty gritty race details, check out my BibRave review here. Don’t forget to review all your races on BibRave.com!

What:  Craft Brew Races 5k

Where/When:  Saturday May 30, 2015; 12 noon; Stowe, VT

Conditions:  Sunny, hot and humid


Ben and I had a leisurely morning hanging around the house, then left at about 10:45 for the 40ish minute drive over the mountain to Stowe. I wish we’d left a bit earlier, because traffic was pretty bad. We parked at about 11:50 and hightailed it to the registration area. There was a big clump of people waiting for bib pickup, and a lady screaming that in order to get our bibs, we’d need to go to a separate area to figure out our bib numbers. I was immediately pissed that they hadn’t emailed this information out beforehand. Add to that the fact that there were 6 “lines” for different number ranges crammed into about 10 feet worth of tent and it was kind of a disaster.

Eventually we got sorted, got our bibs pinned on and ran over to the plentiful port-a-potties. I came out and Ben wasn’t where I thought he was going to be, and I didn’t see him anywhere, so I just made my way to the start, and got there in the nick of time–the crowd was already moving by the time I got to the start area!

Photo May 30, 12 05 33 PM


I started out at an easy pace, feeling good and excited to run. Within the first 5 minutes Ben passed me from behind, and I didn’t see him again until after the race. The first mile was great-sunny and warm but not awful, and a family set up a beer station right at the one mile marker. I didn’t stop because I was on the opposite side of the road.

During mile 2, I started to get very hot and uncomfortable. There wasn’t a lot of shade. There was a water station at about the 1.5 mile mark, but it was SUPER congested, because it was right where the route turned from a road onto a narrow bike bath, and there was actually a line forming up for water. I didn’t want to stop, which, in retrospect, was a mistake.

The bike path was a nice change, because there was actually a little bit of shade, but even so, the afternoon was really hot and humid. During mile 3, I had to take a couple of walk breaks, just to re-set my mind a bit. As I came into the final 0.1 mile, I saw Ben near the finish line. He gave me a high five and I sprinted in for the finish.


I was feeling pretty gross, and I got a little pissy because I was standing next to a volunteer who was handing out medals and water. I was waiting for her to finish untangling a medal, and when she was done, she literally looked right at me, huffing and puffing, and turned away from me to hand a medal and water bottle to someone else. I was about to say something not very nice when another volunteer did an amazing stealth pass and slipped a water bottle and medal into my hands. It was pretty awesome.

Photo May 30, 12 53 28 PM

I met up with Ben and we went to change out of our running shoes and into flip flops. Pro-tip–always bring a change of shoes for after a race. Your sweaty, swollen feet will thank you. After that, the afternoon was spent blissfully chowing down on food truck tacos and sampling tasty brews. We ran into our friends Hannah and Jayden (Elle and Emmett in my recent production of Legally Blonde), and had a great time hanging out.

NBD, just me and Elle Woods :)

NBD, just me and Elle Woods 🙂



We didn’t bother checking our results until we left. I clocked in at 32:01, and Ben came in at 30:12, which is pretty amazing considering his training for this event was non-existent! On the way home, we stopped at Bingham Falls for a swim with all our clothes on. It was SUPER cold and refreshing–almost like an ice bath! When we got home I showered, wolfed down two hot dogs, took a two hour nap, woke up, watched a movie, and went to bed 🙂

My goals for this race were:

  • Beat Ben–nope
  • Sub-30 finish–nope
  • Don’t get wasted–CHECK! I had a nice little buzz but didn’t get too drunk and had zero hangover on Sunday

I’m not even mad that I didn’t achieve my two running related goals. I had a feeling Ben was going to sneak attack a win (what a butthead), and it was WAY too hot to worry about my pace. I should have thought about that whole noon start time thing before setting any time goals.

Have you ever had a volunteer snub you when you were desperate for water?

Have you ever done a Craft Brew Race?

23 thoughts on “Race Recap: Craft Brew Races Stowe 5k

  1. txa1265 says:

    Great recap! I have also never had a bad volunteer experience … only awesomeness! That would annoy me as well.

    Never had a beer or any alcohol right after a race … but a 5k seems perfect for that!

  2. hellyontherun says:

    Yeah a noon start time would def change things for me..Congrats though and yay for running with your +1! (I love running with my husband –even though I don’t technically run with him lol!)

  3. dgobs says:

    Boo Ben-sneak-attack! That sounds like something Drew would do 🙂 The registration area at your CB race sounds as disorganized as the one I did… though they did email us beforehand about having to know our assigned bib numbers. The water station at my CB race was just like yours too. It was a little intense. Sorry about the bad volunteer moment… I had one bad one at a super hot race last year, when two volunteers totally ignored me and walked right past with a giant barrel of water bottles. Luckily someone swooped in and rescued my pissed off self otherwise that could have been bad 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I reviewed the race on BibRave and on my blog, and posted the reviews on Twitter. CBR actually tweeted me “thanks for the input,” so maybe they’ll improve?

  4. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

    well.. no time goals. But still sounds like you had an awesome time.! drinking beer, running a race with Ben, and overall. I’m jealous of your 2 hour nap ;P
    great job.!

  5. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Congrats on your race! I know I complain about our early start times but 12:00?? That’s late for a June race, ouch! That sounds more like just surviving than a race. 😦 It’s cool that you got a medal for a 5k!

  6. kristenk says:

    Haha this sounds like a fun race! Minus the heat and the crappy volunteers. I always wanted to run some sort of beer-themed race because even though I’m not a big drinker, I do like a good beer every once in a while. Congrats on not getting wasted or punching that volunteer in the face!

  7. runsaltrun says:

    Nicely done, Ben!! And your time was great too! I love that you guys stopped after the race and went for an all-clothes-on swim!
    I’ve dealt with some not so great volunteers before, but that one was pretty darn rude to you! I’m glad the other one was nearby for that stealth handover.

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