In 2018, Blue Point Brewery got a major upgrade- they moved from a small tasting room on River Ave to a larger space on Main St in Patchogue. Annually they have hosted the 10 Mile Run to the Brewery with Sayville Running Company and GLIRC. Not only did the brewery get an upgrade, but the race did as well, opening the run to more participants than previous years. So for the last 5 years, I’ve anxiously waited by my computer to feverishly register for the 10 mile race – and just as any year prior, the race was quick to sell out.
Now with the location change and larger participant field, the race course was new for 2019. Let’s recap this 10 mile loop…
Looking at an old course map, it basically went backwards from the start of the old race course. The new course heads up and down several streets along the coast of the Great South Bay. The residential course is still flat with barely any elevation change. As we started to get into a rhythm around mile 3, some eager spectators were serving beers to runners along the course. Mile 4 parallels the GSB where you have a shining photo opp – smile! The course remains flat as you continue to wind west. As you start heading north and then east, be sure to smile again at Mile 8 😁 The spectators were back at it again here with Fireball shots – why not?! Around the 8.5 mile marker, the course takes a dip under the railroad tracks for what was a big hill relative to the rest of the course. Before you know it, you’ve popped back to Montauk Highway and have half a mile before a fantastic downhill finish to the brewery.
There was definitely a larger field of participants this year given the new brewery space. The post-race party tents had doubled in size and so did the beer selection! Blue Point offered everything from Lagers and IPAs to Gose and the classic Toasted Lager. There was something for everyone and the music was blasting! There were some raffles, but not as good as years passed; raffle tickets were only given with early bib pickups or needed to be purchased – not a fan of this method. The party included the usual food – bagels, heroes, and donuts – to help absorb some of that beer 😂
Who ran this year? What are your thoughts on the new race course? Share them in the comments!