Running, Beer, and Charity
IF YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO THEMED RACES, enjoy running for charity, and looking for a race to bring your beer-loving friends together, even if you need to travel, consider the BeerFit Series.
This brew-centered event is held in different cities throughout the US and consists of the Brew Mile, “Four beers, one mile”, and the Power Hour Run, “How many miles can you run in one hour?” The Brew Mile Challenge is, as its name indicates, a 1 mile loop run which runners finish as fast as possible (standard race behavior) or after sampling as many as 4 beers along the course. The finisher medal is, appropriately, a paddle bottle opener that can be used to open two post-race bottles of beer included in the registration fee.
In the Power Hour Run, competitors race as many 1 mile loops as possible in an hour and are rewarded with a T–shirt that boasts the number completed in that time if 3+miles are run. The 2 post-race beers are also included.
How does water come into the picture? Organizers of BeerFit indicate that its mission is to raise awareness and money for Water.org. Although the specific nature of their support is not spelled out, the details of how runners can increase the donated amount is given for the Beer Mile event. An “extra” $10, $5, $3, $2, and $1 is given for runners who complete the race in under 6, 7, 8, 10, and 15 minutes respectively.
The schedule shows upcoming 2016 events in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Houston. If downing a cold beer or two few after a hard run charity race would make a perfect day for you, check out BeerFit!
Benjamin Franklin is erroneously credited with saying, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. Although historians say Ben was speaking about rain and its contribution to the growing of grapes and ultimately making of wine, there are many who are walking around wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the quote wishing it to be true.
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