For the first time in race history, the Beer and Bagel Run is supporting the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska. Race organizers will match up to $1,000 in donations, which are collected during the registration process.
Race director Mike Ewoldt and his brother participated in football, basketball, baseball and track growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and he said they have seen concussions firsthand.
The organization helps those who have lost the support of hospitals and rehabilitation facilities find medical resources and support in the community.
Cindy Evert Christ , with the alliance, said it’s exciting to get the organization name out there to help more people.
“Almost everybody knows somebody with a brain injury,” she said. “It’s good for people to know that the Brain Injury Alliance is there to help them on their journey.”
The 25th Beer and Bagel race features a rugged outdoor course at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland, Nebraska.
Starting off the weekend on Saturday is the “half-ish” race, which is roughly 13.3 miles. The four-ish race is on Sunday. Participating in both is called the Squatchy Challenge.
The coveted “I’m a drinker with a running problem” long-sleeved tech shirt is red for the first time, Ewoldt said.
At the end of the race, participants will be rewarded with beer, bagels, chili and a party.
“It’s one of the best after parties,” Ewoldt said. “We call it the blowout of the year.”