The short answer from a dietitian

Q: Can I make a trip to the Beer Tent after I finish running my race?

A: One beer shouldn’t do too much harm if you have been hydrating properly throughout the race. However, if you are a beginner runner with limited hydration, make sure you are drinking plenty of water if you choose to indulge.

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