Craft beer enthusiasts descended upon Gainesville's Tioga Town Center for the 1pm start of the annual beerfest that features breweries from all across Florida, in addition to regional, national and international breweries. Weather was perfect for beer sampling, with a mix of sun and clouds. What more could you ask for?
Hogtown 5k Beer Run, Presented by Swamp Head Brewery
The 5k is an annual fundraiser for Climb for Cancer Foundation. Yes, there was Swamp Head beer, and pizza, at the end of the run, in case anyone needed extra motivation. This year, the 5k included a separate .5K Root Beer Run for the kids. A record number of 501 runners entered the run this year. The 5k course winds through the trails of the Haile Plantation, a picturesque golf course community. Once again, members of the Gators Marching Band were on hand to get the crowd fired up ahead of time.
Albert and Alberta from UF were also on the scene to welcome runners, families, and even the four-legged types. Then the countdown began, and the runners were off!
|Just like last year: Gator Tail|
About halfway through the run, the water station loomed large, and thoughts may have been turning to that Swamp Head beer just a short 1.5 miles away (or, was that just me?).
Yeah, I had been training for this 5k for a while, as documented on social media, but my time didn't reflect it. More work to do! (Less beer? um, probably not)
Back at the finish line, the Swamp Head tent was one popular place. The 5k winners, who seem almost superhuman, were announced. It was another great year at the Hogtown 5k!
|Cheers to 5k and beer!|
Thanks to Swamp Head Brewery!
|And, all the 5k Sponsors!|
Hogtown Craft Beer Festival
|And, yes, these Hogtown Brewers do love their signs|
|After taking a typical group photo, we opted for something a bit|
more active for this one. Maybe we were talking about that Black IPA
|With Intra's Brewmaster Donald. Another round of great beers!|
|And, the HnB guys are always good sports!|
No, I didn't kick that keg. Cool truck, by the way.
|Roxy's Imperial at Bold City Brewery|
|You might recognize those 81 Bay handheld fans, too|