A lot of people have trouble walking when they’re drinking beer.

Lexingtonian Brad Kerrick says that because they should be running as part of a plan to bring healthy drinking to Louisville.

Louisville is the first of six cities scheduled to get The Great American Beer Run this summer, a running series celebrating local and speciality beer, according to a news release.

(Both the local event and the national effort have very cool websites!)

The Louisville Beer Run event scheduled for Saturday, July 21 will feature a 3-mile fun run on the Cherokee Park Scenic Loop, with four beer stations along the way.

A Brewhalla craft beer festival is planned for the finish line at Willow Park showcasing local, regional, and national breweries, according to the release.

The festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include food and live music.

From the GABR Louisville website:

Brewing was a major industry in the early years of the River City. With the resurrection of our beloved Falls City and several outstanding microbreweries, Louisville seems to be hitting its stride once again.

Nestled in the midst of the grand homes of the historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, Willow Park will serve as the epicenter for the Louisville Beer Run and craft beer festival. The run will take you to the top of Baringer Hill and along the famous Cherokee Park Scenic Loop, known for its thick woodlands and rolling hills. In the heart of the Highlands – and with the excitement of Bardstown Road only a block away – this Beer Run will be a perfect warm up to a great summer evening of fun!

In the release, Kerrick states that running and drinking beer may sound like an odd couple, but GABR combines two booming national trends.

“The hottest thing in the running world right now is adventure racing in which participants crawl through mud and climb over obstacles,” he stated. “Whereas, American craft brewery is at an all-time high in terms of sales and production.”

As a supporter of fitness and local products, “We figured – let’s mix some fun on the course with some high quality brew.”

From the release:

The brew is certainly the star at The Louisville Beer Run. The runners will pass through four “watering holes” on the course at which a different craft brewery will be featured. Then, at the finish, each participant will receive a commemorative pint glass and a complimentary pour of their preferred beer. Runners and spectators alike will be able to enjoy a beer festival – labeled as “Brewhalla” – with over 20 craft and specialty breweries represented. “One of my goals is to introduce folks to a few beers they have never tasted – amazing stuff close to home – not just Louisville, but from Indy, Lexington, and small towns in Kentucky, like Danville”, said event director Richard Hardy.

The Great American Beer Run plans to stage six events across the United States in 2012: In addition to Louisville, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Nashville, and New York City are on the calendar.

Each is dedicated to hosting a “local” event while benefiting a local charity, according to the GABR release.

In Louisville, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will get some of the proceeds.

A full list of craft beer, local food vendors and bands will be announced next week, according to the release.

More as we know more ….