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Welcome back to Anchorage RunFest! This week we recap our half marathon experience. This race includes beautiful weather with the exception of a really strong head or tail wind from time to time and beautiful mostly off-road course. It is mainly flat and scenery is simply amazing. Beautiful trails with picturesque water views, beautiful trees, and a paved course. The time limit is so generous and you get to interact with others on the course that are running the full marathon and the 49k race. Other runners on this course are so friendly! The water and sports drink stops as well as port-a-potties are plentiful so you have what you need to be successful. The medal is a beautiful metallic purple reflective color. And we ran into Bart Yasso on the way back to the finish line in downtown Anchorage. There was a complimentary beer from Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse after the race was over. We’d come back and do this one again!
After the half marathon we really indulged by celebrating at Glacier Brewhouse. We’d say that this is a special occasion kind of meal. Good news: reservations are taken on Open Table and we highly recommend them. We had an appetizer of Smoked Salmon Dip that was delicious. Alder wood grilled entrees are plentiful on this menu, including a Ribeye we had. We also sampled the Herb-Crusted Alaska Halibut. We each added a half pound of the Alaskan King Crab Legs because when in Alaska... you know what to do! We finished off the meal with the Original Peanut Butter Pie. Everything was so tasty and Travis was a great server! We recommend this place for sure. We will be talking about their beer on an upcoming Quick Bite, so stay tuned!
Moose’s Tooth serves Broken Tooth Brewing Beer and when we were waiting for and eating the amazing pizza that we talked about on Episode 76 , we sampled a few of their original beers. Dana’s offerings were cleverly named Van Damme Belgian Strong Ale and Darth Delirium Belgian-Style Stout, while Aimee had Chugach Sessions Cream Ale and Hard Apple Ale. They have a wide variety and something for every palate. We wanted to try them all!
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This week’s episode starts a series featuring one of our favorite race weekends, the 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend!
The 2019 Donna Marathon Weekend started with a Social Shakeout Run on Friday. It was a 5k to get us going for the fun weekend of running ahead. I love that this weekend gets kicked off by an easy run where you can meet some great people you’ll be running on the same course with during the races like Donna Deegan, the Chief Eternal Optimist and founder herself, Olympian and America’s Coach, Jeff Galloway, Dr. Edith Perez of the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Andi Sharp of the Bouncy HuntERs, an organization that raises money for The Donna Foundation. The course for this fun run is also a preview of a latter part of the half marathon as well. It means so much when we encounter them on the course during the 5k and the half later in the weekend, having heard their stories of strength, survival, and supporting others.
The Mini Bar... when you hear that you might think of a hotel mini bar, but in this case, it is made from scratch donuts and creative coffee. It is right next door to Southern Swells Brewing and the perfect breakfast food to refuel after a run. The place has a fun takeout counter that is designed to look like a Volkswagen van. And did I mention the mini doughnuts that take you back to childhood? Tasty flavors based on favorite childhood cereals and desserts make up their menu and cereal lattes to comfort you like staying in and watching Saturday morning cartoons on a chilly day. (It was a little cold on race morning!)
We had to celebrate the start of our great weekend of running to support a great cause with a tasty beverage, of course! So we headed to Southern Swells Brewing. We had a chance to chat with owner Corey Adams about a flight of their original beers. They are focused on citrusy New England IPAs, stouts, and sours. Normally, we don’t select these types of beers from a menu, but Corey really set us up with selections that gave us the inspiration to give those types of beer a first glance the next time we look at a beer menu. He gave us a nice education about the different kinds of hops that can used to create IPAs and thus create different flavors than you would typically expect. Thank you, Corey!
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