by Billy Kobin with photos by Julie MIllard
Several Striders ran well on the trails of Lost Valley in Auburn and then also drank well at the Backyard Brew Festival on Nov. 4.
The Saturday morning event offered a 5K, 10K and 15K race up, down and around the Lost Valley ski area that had nice and muddy trails in late fall.
Lindsey Madison and Billy Kobin were the top female and male finishers, respectively, in the 5K. They cheered on Julie Millard as she won her age group in the 10K and then kept encouraging Ron Peck as he braced three loops of the tough course to take home first place in the 15K.
The real fun came afterwards, when a dozen or so brewers - all from Maine - set up tents and offered pours of various beers that tasted even better after a morning trail run.
Julie’s favorite beer came from Fluvial Brewing in Harrison (perhaps a field trip to Harrison should happen one of these days).
Billy most enjoyed the Mr. Grumpypants (coffee stout) from Norway Brewing Company in Norway. Lindsey and Ron both liked best the choices from Side By Each Brewing Co. in Auburn.
Cheers to more runs, beer fests and fun times!