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Runners win weight in beer at local Ontario brewery’s inaugural 5K

Unique prizing for a low-key southern Ontario race. Some fast 5K times were thrown down to earn the grand prize

Shawn & Ed Brewing 5K

With a start and finish line at a craft brewery, race organizers didn’t have to transport the winning goods very far.

At Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. in Dundas, Ont., the winners of the 5K of the same name won their weight in beer. Victoria Coates, the Canadian 10,000m champion who raced at the 2017 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, and Taylor Forbes took home tens of six-packs between the two of them.

Forbes clocked 14:48 to win the Shawn Ed Brewing Co. 5K Beer Run with Coates finishing first among women, and third overall, in 17:16. Saturday evening’s race marked the inaugural edition of the road 5K in support of Ronald McDonald House.

Jeff Tweedle and Julie Hambleton were the runner-ups in 15:54 and 18:04.

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The post-race party was held at the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., which two friends opened in recent years after converting the old Dundas Curling and Skating Rink. The 5K was a 19-plus event, capped at 200 runners.

As can be seen in the Instagram photos, both winners went home with more than 10 six-packs each. The southern Ontario race isn’t the only event to award beer as its top prize. The annual Achilles St. Patrick‚Äôs Day Run in Toronto did the same this past winter.