In all, Loco had 20,000 people run in its 13 races last year. “There’s been a huge resurgence in running, that’s for sure,” said St. Laurent. “Craft breweries have grown at the exact same time ... they definitely complement each other.”
O’Connor agrees and is expecting big things for the Big Bad Wolf race in September. “Based on the sign-ups so far, we think Big Bad Wolf will be our biggest first-year race ever. Eventually we think it will be one of the best races on the North Shore,” he said.
“Ipswich Ale just built a multi-million dollar brewery in downtown Ipswich and Big Bad Wolf will be one of the first major events that’s held there. The MBTA commuter rail goes directly to the start, so we expect quite a few runners from Boston and Salem to sign up.”
Starts and stops
Beginning June 24, North Shore Road Race Guide will host free monthly Monday night 5K runs starting and finishing from New England Running Company in Beverly at 6:45 p.m. These runs will be timed and results will be posted on the North Shore Road Race Guide website. Runners will receive a 15 percent discount off of their food order at Not Your Average Joe’s when they mention that they have participated in the run. For more info about the run, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• Danvers 5K Fun Run, Sweet William’s Garden Center, 141 Pine St., Danvers, 7 p.m. Free, timed run. All welcome. These events are part of a weekly 52-race series. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 44th Annual Lynn Woods Summer Cross Country, Lynn Woods, Great Woods Road, Lynn, 6:30 p.m. Every Wednesday from May 29-Sept. 25. Free. Three races. Contact: Bill Mullen (Lynn Woods Summer XC) at 1-978-535-3905 or email email@example.com.