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Beer for Racers at the Mt. Ashland Hillclimb, 8/15

Earlier this month we cheered a small handful of coworkers who took on the 15K Siskiyou Outback Run (S.O.B.) at the top of Mt. Ashland. On August 15th, we’ll cheer on another handful of running coworkers, this time trekking from Lithia Park TO THE TOP of Mt. Ashland for the annual Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run. They’ll scale 13.3 miles and climb more than one vertical mile (5,600 ft.) to the peak. They’re nuts, and awesome.

race beerWe’ve been proud sponsors of this local race for years, giving gift certificates and pouring free Standing Stone beer for all the runners at the finish line party in the Mt. Ashland Lodge parking lot. The runners have to continue past us for the last steep crawl to the peak, but we like to think we’re good motivation rather than just a tease. We wave and clap for their efforts, and pour the athletes a cold one when they arrive on the shuttle to the parking lot. You’ve never seen such grateful faces.

This year, we’ll be applauding the extreme running skills of Gina, Alecia, and John – all Standing Stone employees who’ve been training tirelessly for the big day. We’re excited to see your (maybe smiling?) faces at the top!

IMGP0312_edited-1The top male and female winners get an additional claim to fame –their names engraved on our dedicated Mt. Ashland Hillclimb keg displayed at our brewpub! Since 2004 we’ve been updating our keg with the winner’s names each year, and we only have room left to continue until 2017. Once finished, it will be an irreplaceable part of Standing Stone/Hillclimb history. Ahhhhh, nostalgia.

Come to the Mt. Ashland lodge on Saturday, August 15th and help us cheer on all these intrepid trail-lovers on their big day. You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy watching other people work, trust us. The views are great, the weather is always beautiful (and several degrees cooler), and the Mt. Ashland Hillclimb is always well-organized and fun. Bring water and sunscreen, and toast the efforts of all the awe-inspiring runners who journey to Ashland for this awesome annual event.

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