We’re just days away from Southern Oregon’s favorite multi-sport relay, The Siskiyou Challenge! Athletes will run, bike and kayak their way around 46 miles of Ashland this Saturday, September 20th. Standing Stone Brewing Co. has two employee teams participating this year, and we’ll serve beer and food at the finish line for all the racers.
The Siskiyou Challenge is now in its fifth year, and for good reason – it’s awesome! The event benefits Rogue Valley Farm to School, which is one of our favorite local organizations. The Ashland nonprofit offers farming and local food education to students in our area, and builds relationships to help get local produce into school cafeterias. They also find time in their busy schedules to organize this popular annual race, and for that we say a big Thank You!
Here’s a bit about the course: The six-leg relay starts at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland. Road bikers take off first and head to Emigrant Lake, where the 3K kayakers wait for their leg. A 30K cycle follows, and then a mountain run above Lithia Park in downtown Ashland. Mountain bikers get technical in the fifth leg, and then a final runner sprints for a 6K to the finish line at ScienceWorks.
Once racers pass through the gate, they’ll be greeted by Standing Stone beer and food for their efforts! This year, we’re serving Local Pork Carnitas or Organic Tempeh Tacos. We’ll have three varieties of Standing Stone brews to choose from, as well as house-made Cherry Lemonade for the under-21 athletes.
Not a racer? You can still enjoy the 1-mile Fun Run and Harvest Fest at the finish line. The event will host music, activities, vendors and demonstrations for the whole family. The timing is perfect as we’re still in the heart of Southern Oregon’s Eat Local Week, September 12-21st. Celebrate local farming and community by eating local and supporting local programs. In fact, you can make a day of it by shopping at the Saturday Growers and Crafters Market in downtown Ashland in front of Standing Stone, and then biking the 1+ mile to the Siskiyou Challenge finish line and Harvest Fest. Have even more time to celebrate this weekend? Join us Sunday at 11am for our monthly tour of One Mile Farm, where we raise livestock for our brewpub’s menu.
Whichever activities you choose to join, you’ll have opportunities to don some great footwear this weekend! Slip on running/biking shoes for the Siskiyou Challenge, sandals for browsing the outdoor farmers market, or boots for stomping around our farm grounds. Have a great weekend celebrating local programs, community events, and delicious local fare.