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Second annual ‘Trails and Ales’ set for September

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RICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers announced the second annual ‘Trails and Ales’ trail run and craft beer festival, set for Saturday, September 24.

The event is intended to celebrate Richmond’s urban trail system and popular craft brewery culture.

UPDATED:  Registration block one sold out in less than 12 hours, and block two is now open with 250 spots available at a rate of $35 for the Pint Glass course (5k distance) and $45 for the Tall Boy course (8-mile distance).

Overall registration will be capped at 1,000 participants.

The trails part are the two different scenic courses — the Tall Boy and the Pint Glass — and the ales part is a festival featuring locally made beer and ciders.

Beers and ciders from local breweries, including Stone Brewing, Trapezium Brewing Co., Buskey Hard Cider, South Street Brewery, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company, will be available at the festival and race participants will receive a stainless steel finisher cup and one drink ticket to be redeemed at the festival.

There will also be food trucks, beverages available for purchase, and music. Friends, family, and spectators are also invited to take part in the festival.

Both the Tall Boy and Pint Glass courses will be on the scenic Buttermilk and North Bank trails in the James River Park System. The Tall Boy course pairs medium to high climbs with smooth paths along the river and a fun finish, while the Pint Glass course, a 5k trail, has lower mileage compared to its 8-mile companion.

North Bank Trail

Participants will have the opportunity to donate to support the RVA MORE Trail Maintenance Fund as part of Trails and Ales. All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond to be used in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system.

Registration for Trails and Ales is now open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a block of the first 250 spots open at a special rate of $30 for the Pint Glass course (5k distance) and $40 for the Tall Boy course (8-mile distance). Overall registration will be capped at 1,000 participants.

The event will take place in Manchester at W. 10th Street and Semmes Avenue, adjacent to the SunTrust Mortgage offices, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

More information and registration for Trails and Ales can be found at www.sportsbackers.org. Once the first 250 spots have been claimed, registration will re-open at a later date with a higher fee for both distances.