by Dave Warner

The first Iron Rock Run is in the books, and from all accounts, it was a successful event on Saturday morning.

Rob Richard who organized the race stated, “This one is a little different from the others that we’ve had in town because it’s directly tied to a new business – the Ironrock Brewery, which I frequent every now and then. I know that runners like breweries. We like to run and then drink beer. It seemed like a natural fit.”

“The interesting thing about the race is that it’s 4 1/2 miles long, which is not really a standard distance for a road race or any kind of trail race. But I just wanted it to start and finish at the brewery and I knew I wanted it to go out to 5s and come back and I said whatever that distance is, it’s the distance for the race,” he said.

Mike George, owner of Ironrock Brewing stated, “I’m very excited to have this race today. It’s a big thing for Little Falls and a big thing for us because today is our one-year anniversary of being in business. One year that we’ve had our doors open to the public.”

“It’s a great feeling to be able to see a bunch of vehicles down here in part because we’re here and we’re providing a service to the community, giving people a place to gather and using local ingredients, suppliers, and partnering with local businesses, restaurants, and the bakery,” George said.

The race was raising funds for The Little Falls Food Pantry. At the time of the race, Richard estimated that they had raised almost $1,200.00 with an anonymous donor covering all of their swag.

“We had a good turnout for the inaugural event, with perfect weather. People seemed excited and happy to run,” Richard stated.

Ironrock Brewing filled out the day with live music and food trucks in the parking lot, including Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza and KDogs BBQ.