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BeerBods Running Club

Gordon | 13 Nov 2015

I like beer. I also like running. So the idea of a beer running club has an immediate appeal. Plus, the thought of a beer afterwards is a good motivator to put on my running shoes and go for a trot on on these dark winter evenings.

There’s been a proliferation of beer running clubs of late. One of my favourite brewers (Mikkeller) has even started their own in several cities around the world.  

There’s a fine tradition of combining beer and running. Perhaps the first modern beer running club was the Hash House Harriers. Founded in Kuala Lumpur back in 1938, this was a non competitive (ie. not athletic) running club that would meet every Monday evening at the Royal Selangor Club ‘Hash House’ where the members would often dine and drink. The aims of the club were simple:

(i)  To promote physical fitness amonst members

(ii)  To get rid of weekend hangovers

(iii) To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer

(iv) To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

There’s some science behind this too. Beer is a bonafide recovery drink according to Professor Manuel J. Castillo of the School of Medicine University of Granada who concludes that “beer in moderate amounts is as effective as water for rehydration and recovery after exercise.”

Be sure to check out the lovely short film by the Fishtown Beer Runners that captures this and the social benefits of beer running.

This is great news for those of us who run so that we can drink beer. We can now look forward to a ‘recovery beer’ afterwards.  

Running shoes? Check.

Sweat bands? Check.

Vaseline on any bits that might chafe? Check.

Recovery beer? Check.

Let’s go for a run.


...and if you are interested in joining a BeerBods Running Club, email me.


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