Running with the beers

Running with the beers (Bowie Baysox / May 22, 2012)

In an attempt to get more people to the ballpark, the Bowie Baysox are thinking beyond fireworks, beyond sumo wrestling to something they figure folks really like -- beer.

This Memorial Day weekend, they'll debut a 1K Beer Run, where people can run around the ballpark chugging a beer each time they cross home plate.

The promotion will allow the more ambitious runners -- or drinkers -- to chug three beers in a matter of minutes.

Baysox Assistant General Manager Phil Wrye thinks he might have a hit on his hands.

"It's not like we're running the Boston Marathon," he says. "We just wanted to add some fun."

The run will happen at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, May 26, before the team plays the Altoona Curve.

Runners will be hoofing it around the field's warning track beginning at 5:45 p.m. Each time they finish a lap, they'll get a 12-ounce beer to drink while they run they next one.

The ballpark will be serving the beers in 16-ounce cups in case things get sloshy.

"We don't want spillage out there," Wrye says.

The Baysox plan to cut off entry for the race after the first 100 tickets are sold, apparently to avoid a drunken mob. Tickets are $18 and must be bought by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

The Baysox were inspired to try the event after the Akron Aeros did something similar last year.

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