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Race to the Taps 2018 – Four-Race series with Marathon Option

Big news for the Race to the Taps four-race series in 2018. First of all, the marathon options has returned which means runners can participate in multiple races to complete 26.2 miles and become a “Race to the Taps Marathoner.” Second, each of the four races has a 5k option in addition to a longer option. For those of you runners who have hoisted a few in England, think of the 5k option as the “dolly beer”.


No one says you have to run a marathon in one day. Or do it without beer. You might even feel running a 5K is enough to earn you a great local brew.

The Mix 96.5 Race To The Taps is back for 2018, with the return of the “Marathon Edition” – participate in the season of runs at four area breweries, and you’ll end up running 26.2 miles. Western North Carolina’s favorite running event is also “doubling down”, with two courses at each event. In addition to distances that add up to a marathon, each brewery will also have a 5K option:

  • March 10 – Catawba Brewing on Asheville’s South Slope: 8K of your marathon OR 5K option
  • April 28 – Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain: 10K of your marathon OR 5K option
  • Sept. 29 – New Belgium Brewing in Asheville’s River Arts District: 7 miles of your marathon OR 5K option
  • Oct. 27 – Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River: 8 miles of your marathon OR 5K option

All races will start at 9 am, with registration including a cold craft brew at the finish line party for those at least 21. Visit Results Zone as you toast your achievement with a local beer or cider. Once again this year, each event will offer awards for top finishers in each age category, along with King and Queen of the Taps awards, for those who display the best spirit and fantastic flair.

You can register now online for either distance at any brewery. If you sign up to be a marathoner by March 8, you’ll receive a special discount, along with a commemorative flight glass at each race, and a Race To The Taps marathoner wooden flight board upon completing your 26.2 miles. Individual races are $25 for 5K runners, and $40 for the longer marathoner distances.

A portion of proceeds from each race day will benefit great non-profits in Western North Carolina, including the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, Children First/Communities in Schools, Southside Woodworks and GO! Green Opportunities.



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