Last Saturday, April 28, downtown Baton Rouge was the location for the 4th annual Happy’s 5000 5K and Beer Mile.
While the race was set to start at 6 p.m., the festivities began a bit earlier with food, drinks and outdoor games, consisting of beach tennis and bocce ball.
Once the race began, the participants took off down Fourth St., looping around until they reached North Blvd. Once they reached North Blvd., the course took them out and back for a mile, until turning back towards the finish line on Fourth St. While the route included the infamous North Blvd. bridge, running over it twice didn’t seem to bother most of the runners, as many of them had smiles on their face throughout the entire course.
As an addition to the normal divisions, there was also a Caterpillar Division, which allowed teams of five to dress up and run the race tied together. The winners of this division were dressed in an all LSU theme, which included a cheerleader, pom poms and even a constructed Mike the Tiger and his cage.
Once all the runners made it back across the finish line, the Beer Mile race began. Participants were required to chug a cup of beer before running a quarter mile loop four times. In the midst of the water balloons being thrown and the crazy costumes, runners made it around four laps before finally crowning Matt Manning the winner.
After the race, runners were treated to food by local vendors, such as Jimmy John’s, Tsunami and several food trucks, drinks and live music from the main stage on the Town Lawn.
For more information on this race, visit the Web site.