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The Inman Park Beer Chase & 5K

Atlanta's premier historic neighborhood puts out the welcome mat for runners, craft beer lovers this weekend.

As a neighborhood, Inman Park is known for being Atlanta's first planned suburb.

Characterized by large, stately, Victorian homes and wide, tree-lined streets, the community also is known for being fiercely protective of preserving its identity and neighborhood.

It's with good reason. In the early 1970s, Inman Park was at risk of becoming a memory when a then-planned expansion of I-675 to connect it to Ga. 400 call for it to come right through — and effectively kill the neighborhood.

A core group of residents fought that plan and won out, preserving the community, which traces its roots back to the 1880s and takes its name from Atlanta businessman and cotton merchant Samuel N. Inman.

That sense of history and community involvement has been a draw to many Inman Park residents, who will share their civic pride with metro Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 27, with the Inman Park Beer Chase.

The festivities start off at 11 a.m. with a 5K race through Inman Park and the Freedom Park PATH.

Following the race, beer lovers can sample more than 100 beers from local and national craft breweries from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Elizabeth Street between North Highland and Lake avenues.

All proceeds go to fund the Inman Park Security Patrol, which is staffed by uniformed off-duty Atlanta police officers and coordinated through the Inman Park Neighborhood Association.

In the accompanying video, Greg Scott, vice president of public safety for the IPNA, spoke with East Atlanta Patch about the qualities that make Inman Park stand out and the neighborhood spirit and events such as the Beer Chase, that help build that sense of community.

If you go: The Inman Park Beer Chase 5k and Beer Fest is Saturday, Oct. 27. The day starts off at 11 a.m. with a 5K race through Historic Inman Park and the Freedom Park PATH. After the race, imbibe in more than 100 beers from local and national craft breweries.

Tickets are :

  • $40 Advance/$45 Day of the Event for the Beer Festival only, which includes all the beer you can safely consume
  • $27 Advance/$30 Day of the Event for the 5K only
  • $60 Combo ticket for the 5K and Beer Fest

Festival tickets are available through Ticket Alternative and Race and Combo tickets can be obtained through Active.com.

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