Hop to it! Running, brews take over Alpharetta

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. ⎯ After exercising strenuously, what better way to cool off than with a cold brew? In Alpharetta, June 21 was the day to do just that, with the Craft Beer Festival and 5K held downtown.

The race was the first in the World’s Hoppiest Race series. The series benefits Canine Assistants, a local program that provides service dogs to those with special needs.

The 3.1-mile course was a qualifier for the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta. The race started at the Corner Deli at 8 p.m. in downtown Alpharetta.

Registration included a commemorative sampling glass, a race T-shirt and for runners of legal age, a free beer from Monday Night Brewing Company.

The festival allowed participants to sample more than 100 craft beers from all over the country.

Food choices were offered by the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub’s food truck.

The ladies of Pyroteque performed with fire while bands like False Flagg played to entertain the crowd.

A number of participants brought their own dogs to enjoy the festival. Some dogs even ran the race with their owners.

Alpharetta Animal Hospital set up a dunk tank for children to try their luck at throwing balls to dunk a member of their staff.

Vendors like Well Said provided a place to pick up race-themed shirts and other products.

The next race in the series, World’s Hoppiest Road Race, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Milton. The race will begin and end at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, 12650 Crabapple Road.

For more information, visit www.worldshoppiest5k.com.

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