By Jessica H. | Written in Conjunction with Bloody Mary Tour
We like running but have never run an official “race.” I used to slay cross country races in my high school days and Matt schooled kids on the neighborhood block… But the 4th Annual bRUNch Run was our first official race as adults. The bRUNch Run is hosted by bRUNch Running, a running club in Colorado, Arizona, and Texas that meshes the enjoyment of running with the sport of brunch. They host 5K and 10K runs throughout the year followed by mouthwatering brunches at a variety of local restaurants.
We chose to run the 5K for good measure and surprisingly finished faster than we imagined. The runner’s high at the finish line almost made me wonder if we could even stomach brunch, or better yet, drink alcoholic beverages. To stimulate our appetite, we stretched for 10 minutes and listened to Scott Brooks Band serenade the runners with classic rock covers. Then we made our way over to The Real Dill Bloody Mary stand to drink a spicy Bloody made with Tito’s Vodka, The Real Dill Bloody mix, and some briny pickled okra. Nothing is more rewarding than a savory cocktail in the morning.
We explored the various food stands and loved the variety of dishes offered. Our favorite brunch plate was the smoked brisket taco from La Sandia. We also loved the charcuterie-style avocado toast from Hoof Wing & Fin, a food truck we had never heard of but are now trying to find on the Denver streets. Other food items included Quality Italian’s polenta pancakes with lemon ricotta and blueberry compote, Just Be Kitchen’s coconut cream chia seed pudding with grainless granola and fresh fruit, and Hi*Rise Bakery’s bagel sandwiches along with their biscuits and gravy. We also scored some Noosa Yoghurt and Naked Juice to take home.
After replenishing all of our burned calories with food, we stopped by the Barefoot Wine mimosa bar to get fruity mimosas. Barefoot offered various flavors of champagne, topped with a splash of OJ. Bloody Mary Tour and Best Booze Denver get boozy, so we headed over to the beer stand to score a can of Stem Cider. Great Divide brews were also on deck for beer fans.
If you love running, a community of active folks, and brunch, be sure to check out bRUNch Running’s Facebook page to stay tuned for upcoming events!