“What happens is … the event comes and you race and then the race is over and you pick up your trophy and go home and cut the grass or do laundry or wash the dog,” he said. “You don’t really get to spend any time enjoying the fruits of your labor.”
So Marinich and his friends started organizing night races in Alpharetta and Milton, but the events had a twist — they were coupled with beer festivals.
“The whole concept was to create an event that was really community-driven — to bring in friends and family as well as support the local businesses,” he said.
This year’s Craft Beer Festival and 5K Road Race will be held Saturday at 8 p.m., with registration starting at 5 p.m. The race route will begin and end at Corner Deli at 10 Roswell St. in downtown Alpharetta.
Fresh with post-race adrenaline, runners can join the party with fellow community members as they enjoy samples of more than 100 craft beers.
“We wanted to make sure people could sample beers from all over the United States,” Marinich said. “We’ll also have a tent that’s specific just to Georgia.”
This year’s beer sponsor is Monday Night Brewing Company, he said.
In addition, there will be live music and food served from Olde Blind Dog’s new food truck.
“Not only do we have some of the great beers, we have some of best food in Alpharetta available to you through Olde Blind Dog,” Marinich said.
He said the event offers something for everyone.
“We think we’ve got a really great event for runners — whether they’re novice runners or experienced runners — and for people who want to come out to enjoy the Craft Beer Festival or for both,” Marinich said.
The event also raises money for a good cause with proceeds going to benefit Milton-based Canine Assistants, a nonprofit that provides service dogs to people with physical disabilities or other special needs.
Marinich said last year about 1,000 runners participated in the race and about 1,400 attendees took part in the beer festival. He said he expects an even larger crowd this year.