Imagine. It’s a beautiful summer night and you find yourself right by the ocean running a 5K road race through closed grounds of an oceanfront farm. As you cross the finish line, there is live music and cold beer to greet you. No need to imagine it, you could have lived it at last night’s Summer Nights 5K.
Sponsored by Narragansett Beer, the Summer Nights 5K took place in Bristol, Rhode Island on the gorgeous grounds of Mt. Hope Farm. Mt. Hope Farm is on the National Register of historic places and has amazing grounds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Newport sound.
The race started at 7:30 PM and kicked off right on time. Immediately following the playing of the national anthem, runners made their ways down an incline and toward a pond before making a right hand turn onto a paved path through the woods. Runners stayed on this path before making a turn onto a very smooth trail section of the race before returning back to paved roads the rest of the way.
Just past the first mile marker there was the first of two water stops and because the summer air had a touch of humidity and heat to it, the water was certainly needed for the run. The course had some nice rolling hills mixed into the route and the race was an out and back course aside from the first loop into the trail section of the race. The final quarter mile of the run was the real challenge of the race with a nice, gradual uphill finish to the race. Runners could hear the band playing as we made our way up the hill which was a great motivation to keep the legs kicking.
After finishing the race, runners were treated to two cans from Narragansett Beer. I opted for the Fresh Catch which was a nice, refreshing blonde ale dry hopped with citra hops. A nice way to end a race while listening to the live music outside of an old barn on such historic grounds. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night!
I ran 3.1 miles earlier in the day as I had the day off from work and was able to finish the Summer Nights 5K with a time of exactly 24:00, good for 7:43/miles. A stellar run on an even better course and a race you certainly will want to check out in the second annual race next year!