RED Episode #20: Donna Half Marathon, Black Sheep, and Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville

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The Donna Marathon Weekend continued on Sunday.  We signed up for the Booby Trap Challenge.  That means we were scheduled to run a 10K and a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday (or runners can choose to do the full marathon instead of the half as a part of their Booby Trap Challenge).  The Half and Full Marathons are run at the same time, with a 7-hour time limit on the course for both races.  The spectators make this race, cheering us on with hilarious signs, offering beer, mimosas, doughnuts, and more.  The fellow runners motivating each other are inspiring.  The feeling of this half or full marathon is something everyone must experience.


A place to celebrate our accomplishment? Black Sheep in the historic Five Points District of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.  They are focused on creating delicious dishes using local ingredients.  We took time to talk with Executive Chef Waylon Rivers about what makes this restaurant special and then we sampled an amazing pasta dish, Spaghetti Alla  Chitarra.  Winter squash, pecorino, garlic, sage, rosemary, and sunflower seeds make this a mouthwatering must have!


Intiuition Ale Works is a great brewery in Jacksonville.  We got the inside scoop from Bronson Olympia, a Tap Room Manager there.  (They also serve appetizers, small plates, and sandwiches from Black Sheep!)  We recommend the Jon Boat Coastal Ale as a lighter brew perfect for a hot day or our personal favorite, the Underdark is an Imperial  / Double Stout that is aged in Willet Rye Barrels for a year and only released in February.  So lucky we were there!


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