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Race Day: Tyranena Beer Run

5 Nov

Today I’m running 1/6 of a marathon at the Tyranena Beer Run! Tyranena is a small brewery in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. The brewery was founded in 1998 and is located about 50 minutes outside of Milwaukee.

According to the brewery website the legend of Tyranena (pronounced Tie·rah·nee·nah) began long ago, in a time before history was written. Legend tells of a foreign tribe that built a series of stone structures and effigy mounds on the edge of a lake they called Tyranena. Today, these structures lie preserved deep under the waters of Rock Lake. No one knows for sure who built them, the purposes they served, how and why they are now submerged, or even the meaning of the word Tyranena.

Today the brewery produces six beers year round (Three Beaches Honey Blonde, Headless Man Amber Alt, Stone Tepee Pale Ale, Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge, Chief Blackhawk Porter) and six seasonal beers (Down’n Dirty Stout, Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen, Scurvy IPA, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest, Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice, and Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale).  Whoever named these beers is my new hero.

As far as I can tell, this is the fifth year of the race. Me and 1400 other runners will either compete in the 1/2 barrel race (a half marathon aka 13.1 miles) or the 1/6 barrel race (1/6 of a marathon aka 4.3 miles). Obviously I’m only doing the 1/6 barrel, but maybe I’ll do the 1/2 next year!

You have to be 21 years old to race, and upon finishing you receive two beers and a lasagna dinner! Sounds like the perfect setup to me. Wish me luck!


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