Ghost Runners Brewing Ghost Run 5k
Events and price: 5k beer run; Free
Location: Brickhouse Bar; Vancouver, WA
Number of runners: Capped at 150
We really lucked out with the weather, since it was cool and overcast! I was a little worried about rain, but fortunately it held off and I didn't have to worry about running in a waterlogged costume. Although it's not an official timed race, the Ghost Run is a fun running event, with the added challenge of a beer stop! I first ran the Ghost Run last year--although I didn't know anyone there, I had a blast and made some new friends (runners are so friendly). The logistics of year's event was a little different compared to last year's, but similar: at last year's run we started at the old Spark's building downtown, ran to the first stop where we had a free beer taster sample, ran to the Grant House and had another free beer taster sample, and then finished back downtown with a free full sized beer.
This year, we started at Brickhouse, there was only one stop (Grant House) with one free beer taster sample, and no free beer at the finish (back to Brickhouse). Given that it's a free event, it's understandable. However, Brickhouse did offer three food specials, and you could also order off the menu. I ordered some mac and cheese off the menu, and a beer at the bar (Brickhouse has about 20 beers on tap--good craft beers, too). Ghost Runners Brewing's prizes for the costume contest were great--growler with fill, two pairs of running shoes, and a book about running. The two guys in the red Solo cup costumes were really cool and clever, but they said that they were pretty sucky for running in.
It was a fun event and a good excuse to run through the streets of Vancouver in costume! Thank you to Ghost Runners Brewing for organizing this fun local event :)