Oregon brewery running series

5K Fun run events that start and end at Oregon’s Best breweries and Virtual Challenges to help you stay active all year long. BE ACTIVE. HAVE FUN. GIVE BACK. A Portion of proceeds support local nonprofits.

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2020 Schedule

In-Person | Virtual

5K Fun run events and Virtual Challenges to help you stay active year long.

Single events are $30, virtual events are $45 (unless noted) and include one beer, collector’s glassware or seasonal swag item and an invitation to enjoy the days’ scheduled festivities: live music, food, sponsor goodies, giveaways and more!


5K Fun Run/Walk Events

Fall 2020

Join us as we return to in-person events! Stagred start times and 6+ feet of space ensure we remain socially-distant and safe while having fun.


26 – The Run Pub with Fort George (NW PDX)


3 – Trap Door (Vancouver)
10 – TBD
17 – Portland Cider Co. (Clackamas)
24 – Kennedy School (NE PDX)
31 – Stickmen Brewing (Tualatin, OR)


7 – Threshold Brewing (SE PDX)
14 – Ferment Brewing (Hood River)

Despite these challenging times, we hope this experience will be yet another reminder that #lifeisbrewtiful with good friends and good beer. A portion of proceeds will go directly to the #EmergeStronger Community Challenge, part of the Oregon Food Bank.

View photos from past events here.


Running/Walking Challenges

The more you run/walk, the more you earn, during our September Challenge!

We invite you to be part of our virtual community and experience the beauty of encouraging one another to achieve our activity goals. Set a goal number of miles to run or walk this month, then push yourself to hit that number!

Be Active

What is the Oregon Brewery Running Series?

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is about inspiring Oregonians to Be Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host untimed family-friendly 5K fun runs that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries.

Participants walk or run 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and a collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item. 10% of our proceeds help support our nonprofit partners, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance and Dollar For Portland.


Be Active

The number of miles we’ve collectively traveled since 2016, 3.1-ish at a time.

Have Fun!

Beer and running are the mechanisms for bringing people together!

We welcome runners, walkers, joggers of all levels. Anyone who wants to get out and enjoy the community is invited to join in the fun! We value the experience of gathering like-minded folks together, and we think every finish line is worthy of a celebration. We support our fellow local businesses and encourage others to do the same. Our commitment to our local community and curiosity in what’s possible is what inspires us to grow!

Give Back

Giving back to our community and supporting great causes is part of who we are. 10% of our proceeds help support these non-profit organizations.

Since our first season in 2016, we have given over $20k to local Oregon nonprofits.

The Oregon Brewshed® Alliance is a coalition of Oregon brewers, brewing community partners, and conservationists who understand the value of clean water and protected forest watersheds. Beer is over 90% water after all, and that water is a product of the land that it flows through. Alliance members work together to educate the craft beer drinking community about protected watersheds and their essential role in Oregon’s celebrated craft brewing industry.

Dollar For helps local families pay overwhelming medical expenses with the power of a community that gives just $1 a month. 100% of every dollar goes directly to families in need. Sign up today.

The Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. They distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 1,400 food assistance sites serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

We have also worked with other local non-profits on an event by event basis. NeighborImpact, Made to Thrive, and Hunger-Free Oregon are all doing great work around the state.

Oregon Food Bank Truck

Our Partners


Our Amazing Community

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE UPDATE - Week THREE 🚨 While our miles were reduced a bit last week due to the smoke, 56 persistent runners and walkers found ways to continue to be active indoors. 😷 With 9 days to go, we've covered 1,817+ miles! It's not too late to join (link in bio). Let's keep this 'brewtiful' momentum going into the fall season of our first in-person-socially-distanced 5K events!
#orvirtualchallenge #lifeisbeautiful #quaRUNtine #orbrs2020 #breweryrunningseries #virtualrace #run #beactive #havefun #giveback #portland #oregon #emergestronger #voteourhunger

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We are so grateful for clear skies, healthy air, and 7 in-person-socially-distant 5K run/walk events this fall! We can't wait to see you all again, from 6 feet away. Link in bio 😷🍻👆

26– Portland Running Company @ The Run Pub w Fort George Brewery (NW PDX)

3 – Trap Door Brewing (Vancouver)
10 – TBD
17 – Portland Cider Co. (Clackamas)
24 – McMenamins Kennedy School (NE PDX)
31 – Stickmen Brewing Company, Tualatin Beer Hall (Tualatin)

7 – Threshold Brewing & Blending (SE PDX)
14 - Ferment Brewing Company (Hood River)

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Stronger Together! We know now, more than ever how important staying connected is. We are beyond grateful for our community at ORBRS and how we have pushed each other to Be Active, Have Fun and Give Back during the past six months of virtual distance challenges, and we look forward to connecting again in person on 9/26!
#orvirtualchallenge #orbrs2020 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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One in five Oregonians are out of work. Confirmed COVID-19 cases are on the rise. School and business closures continue to take their toll. The loss from wildfires is unprecedented. Too many families face hunger right now, which means they aren’t able to access or afford enough nutritious food. To eliminate hunger in Oregon, we must meet today’s rising needs and tackle the policies that drive hunger and poverty.

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to mobilize friends and neighbors to volunteer, donate, and make their voices heard in the fight to end hunger. Since May, we've been partnering with the Oregon Food Bank to help meet some of these needs. Join us and make a donation (using the link in our bio). Together, we can #VoteOutHunger and ensure all our communities emerge stronger.

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Hazardous air quality can cause serious breathing difficulties just walking around, not to mention doing any sort of strenuous activity outdoors. We’ve decided it would be best to postpone our 5K at The Run Pub this Saturday with @fortgeorgebeer and @portlandrunningco. We know this may be disappointing, we are sad too. 😭 Stay tuned as we work to find a new date!!!
We WILL run together again! As hard as it may be to stay positive during this time, we are continuously encouraged by the way our community supports each other and perseveres. We are extremely grateful for each of our participants and the patience you have shown by sticking with us as conditions change rapidly.
#orbrs2020 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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The Stories

Blog and podcast stories from Oregonains being active, having fun, and giving back.

Catching up with Fort George Brewery

Catching up with Fort George Brewery

On this episode of the Run Pub Podcast, we talk with Taletha Egleston, the front of house manager at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, OR. Taletha was kind enough to join us for a virtual happy hour with members of our August Challenge to talk about the many ways Fort George has adapted their business, and culture, to accommodate our ever-changing pandemic world.

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Catching up with Bryce Morrow from Oregon City Brewing

Catching up with Bryce Morrow from Oregon City Brewing

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Bryce Morrow, co-founder/owner of Oregon City Brewing. Bryce shares how OCB is adapting to brewery life in a pandemic, how their new patio space is helping them keep every safe, some new beer opportunities they have, and a newfound appreciation for their customers. Like all of us, they’re finding ways to be grateful for the many good things in life.

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An Update from Ecliptic Brewing with John Harris

An Update from Ecliptic Brewing with John Harris

On this episode of the podcast, we’re talking with John Harris, owner of Ecliptic brewing in North Portland. John tells us not only what Ecliptic is doing to keep everyone safe, but also some of the new beers they have on tap, some collabs they are working on, and an overview of how he thinks the Oregon craft beer scene is doing right now.

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Three way to keep your running simple

Three way to keep your running simple

In this episode of the podcast, we chat with Mark Remy from DumbRunner.com about the only three things you need to know about running. They are less “tips” and more solidly good advice to help you continue pursuing your running and walking goals even when you don’t feel like it and helpful reminders to pay attention to the beauty around you. Listen now!

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About Us

The Brewery Running Series started in Minneapolis in 2012 by Nate Herrington and Morgan Jappe. They wanted to combine their favorite things – being active, drinking beer, and supporting their community. Turns out, a few thousand other locals share those same interests! A few years and tens of thousands of beers and miles later, they decided to branch out.

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is locally owned and operated by Portland and Vancouver residents – Nathan Freeburg and Drew Klinsing. They are the masterminds behind the Oregon/Washington schedule and at the helm of ensuring everyone has a great run/walk, delicious beer, and a fun experience!

2020 will be the FIFTH year Drew and Nathan have been enjoying beer run fun in Oregon and SW Washington.

Our Team

Nathan Freeburg


Nathan started running when he was 14. 25+ years later, he’s still going. When he’s not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, reading books with his daughters, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves hazy IPA’s, good pizza, and strong coffee.


Drew Klinsing


A novice at so many things, soccer, basketball, baseball, stand up paddle boarding, camping…you get the picture. One thing I am not a novice at is the Pacific Northwest, we love living in the Portland area and exploring all there is to offer especially the breweries that saturate our great area.

Michelle Klinsing

Michelle is a PNW native where she found a love for the outdoors, such as camping snowboarding and paddle boarding with her family. She also enjoys being active with yoga, running, and checking out the Northwest’s restaurants and breweries. She loves to travel any chance she gets, whether to a new beach or a new country!


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