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Bamboozled by Hops IPA 5K

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On Sunday morning it was over to Weymouth, Massachusetts for the Bamboozled by Hops IPA Pre-Game 5K. New England Runner Magazine partnered with Barrel House Z, Weymouth’s craft brewery, and Old Colony Running Events to host the South Shore’s only 5K leading up to the big game. This was the first annual event and was a great way to burn a few calories certain to be imbibed later in the day while watching the Super Bowl!

The race started on the road of the industrial park that Barrel House Z calls home and quickly ran up an incline onto a more main road. Runners quickly crossed the street following the lead police cruiser but then snaked back to the left hand side as the race course took runners on a left hand turn about a half-mile into the race.

The race course featured some nice inclines at the mile mark and then making our way back toward the finish line in the last half-mile. The course took runners through some residential roads which certainly made for a nicer scene than running through an industrial park the whole time. Though it was on the colder side, I am still a stickler for having a water stop on the course and we were assured that for the upcoming summer race sponsored at the brewery one would be available on the course.

The Weymouth Police Department did a very nice job patrolling the intersections and the course which is always appreciated!

Battling the standard winter cold, I didn’t run my best race but was glad to log some miles and had a great time running and at the post-race within the brewery. All runners were treated to one free beer and some pulled pork tacos and plenty of additional beer was available for purchase if desired.

I finished the Bamboozled by Hops IPA Pre-Game 5K with a time of 26:53, good for 8:40/miles. Definitely would consider doing another race at Barrel House Z so be on the lookout for their upcoming summer race and join me there!

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