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Budge Brothers, with its signature popcorn, was a popular stop on Saturday’s Brew Run Run.

For an event without any real expectations, the inaugural Brew Run Run seems to have met them – and then some.

Around two dozen people ran and biked the route between seven Spokane breweries on Saturday, starting at No-Li Brewhouse and ending downtown at the Steam Plant.

“It turned out to be really just a lot of fun,” says organizer John Griffith, who promoted it through word of mouth and social media.

“It was the right amount of athleticism and debauchery, and the weather couldn’t have been better. “

Griffith says some 15 people gathered at the garbage goat in Riverfront Park, and more joined in along the way. Cyclists outnumbered runners two to one, he says – along with a couple of people who pretended to run, but were getting Uber rides.

“It was a really neat cross-section of people,” says Griffith. “There were people there I didn’t know, and I got to know them.”

By the time they got to the third stop, Budge Brothers, folks were getting hungry. “People were just eating buckets of that popcorn,” Griffith says of the Budge specialty (made with browned Tillamook butter).

While the group stuck together between stops at first, he says, “midway through, it turned into more of a racing thing – everybody wanted to beat each other.”

On Sunday, Griffith says, he had three texts from a friend: one about how hung over he was; another about how much his legs hurt; and finally, “We need to do this every month.”

Griffith is considering another organized run this summer, but he hopes people will give the route a try whenever they like. He talks of setting up a website for it where they could post pictures.

“You can do it any time you want,” he says. “That’s the beauty of it.”

Da brew run run run …

John Griffith is making a beer run on Saturday, and you’re invited to come along.

The first official Spokane Brew Run Run starts at 1 p.m. at the garbage goat in Riverfront Park, then heads to seven breweries, beginning with No-Li and ending back downtown at the Steam Plant.

“It’s totally non-organized,” says Griffith, who’s been spreading the word via social media. “I’m just really curious how many people are going to show up.

“There could be 10 of us, there could be 100 of us – I just don’t have any idea.”

Be among the first 30 or so, and you might score one of the “crappy coasters” Griffith made up as a souvenir.

You don’t have to actually run to participate. You can walk, or bike, or even take the bus.

From No-Li, the route heads to Iron Goat, Budge Brothers, Ramblin’ Road, Black Label, River City and the Steam Plant (just in time for dinner, depending on your pace). There’s roughly a mile between each stop, except for the half-mile separating the last two.

Griffith plans to post his progress on Twitter (@spokanarama) and Facebook so folks can follow along. (He’ll be easy to spot in person – just look for the guy in the kilt.)

“It’s great if you can ride that fine line of having a slight buzz and running, but you don’t want to overdo it,” he says. “You can’t run too fast, and you can’t drink too much.”

Griffith is both an avid runner – he jogs to his job as a fire lieutenant, and trains for ultramarathons – and a longtime home brewer (one recent creation was a cayenne cranberry cream ale).

He and his wife, Sarah, gave the course a not-so-dry run last March, minus Black Label, which wasn’t open yet.  “I wanted to make sure we could really do it before I invited people,” he says.

Down the road, he’d like to have a website promoting the route, for visitors and locals alike.

“I just want people to get out, get some fresh air and see Spokane in a way they might not have seen it before,” Griffith says. “There are some great breweries around here.”

And it might even start to change the way people look at drinking and driving, he adds.

“People tend to see drinking as the demon in that equation,” he says, “but maybe the driving is the bad part.”