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Color Run part of fun at annual Thirsty Orange

April 10th, 2014 8:44 pm by Tony Casey and Nathan Baker, Press Staff Writers

Color Run part of fun at annual Thirsty Orange

The Run For The Booty 5k color run will kick off a day of school-spirit-filled, beer-sampling fun Saturday.

Not a race as much as it’s a fun run, it will start and finish in the area next to to the Millennium Centre near Ruby Tuesday’s and Bank of Tennessee with the gun going off at 9 a.m., and will wind through East Tennessee State University’s campus and around the soccer field complex. Participants are expected to get extremely messy. The color powder used is washable, but it’s recommended that runners wear clothes they don’t mind dirtying.

Karen Hubbs, a run organizer, said one fun aspect of the course will be bringing participants — which she hopes will total around 500 — across the pedestrian walkway above State of Franklin Road near ETSU’s mini-dome. Though there will be awards for the first finishers, Hubbs said a quick finish isn’t necessarily the goal.

“The point is not to avoid the color,” Hubbs said. “The point is to have fun.”

Fun, in this case, would include getting blasted with as much color as possible when going through several of the color stations or digging for treasure in the designated digging sites.

The run is what Hubbs calls the prelude for the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, where many beers will be available for sampling by those who purchased tickets. Hubbs said there is still space available, but the popular event, like the fun run, is filling rapidly. It will be a full day of events, she said, with everything from pre-run Zumba and stretching guidance to post-run dance and hula hoop competitions.

At the Thirsty Orange, now in its third year, 20 craft beer makers will offer more than 100 different drinks for parched patrons.

Ticketholders can also try their hands at infusers and mixology to create inventive new flavors to supplement their beer.

The tasting event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Millennium Centre for those who purchased tickets in advance and at 2:30 p.m. for the rest. The tasting is, of course, open to those 21 and over.

Tickets for both Saturday events can be purchased at www.thirstyorange.com/ticket-sales, or entry into the race can be done at www.runforthebooty.com.

As a prelude to the weekend’s events, The Battery in downtown Johnson City will play host to a special dinner event Friday at 5:30 p.m. featuring some of the brews available at the Thirsty Orange.

Mike Ferguson, part-owner of The Battery, said five of the craft beers at the event will be incorporated into the ingredients of each course of a five-course meal and also will accompany the dishes.

Before the dishes are served, the beers’ vendors will talk about the production of their offerings and identify the flavors contained within.

Ferguson wouldn’t reveal the specific dishes, but said they will be well-prepared and delicious.

Tickets to the dinner are $60, and can be purchased on the Thirsty Orange website.

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