Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 6, 2014
I love this. So much.
For those who like to run and also enjoy the occasional hoppy beverage, get yourself over to Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs Road for a little of both.
The Austin Beer Run Club convenes there at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. At 6:45 p.m. members dash off on a 5K run, then return to the bar to hang out and enjoy adult beverages. There’s no charge, other than what you spend on refreshments.
"It’s a pretty simple concept that’s caught on like crazy," says club founder Chris Bash.
The group formed in 2012 and about 80 people now show up for the weekly runs, Bash says. Once a "beer runner" logs 10 beer runs they get a special free shirt, too.
"We’re not a hard-core running group," Bash says, although some members are fast runners. "Everybody runs at their own pace, and it’s super laid-back. There’s no pressure and it costs nothing and you can have some beers afterwards."
Bash has a confession to make. "I’m more of a beer drinker than a runner myself, but you don’t feel as guilty about drinking beer if you run," he says.
The club also hosts quarterly pub runs, which involve running to four or five bars and enjoying a drink or two along the way. Those events cost $10, and the next one - dubbed the "Damn It’s Hot! Pub Run" - is set for 4 p.m. Aug. 9. It starts and finishes at Little Woodrow’s on West Sixth Street.
The Austin Beer Run club is a subsidiary of Exercise & Excess, which is also preparing to launch a "yoga and mimosas" chapter. For more information go to www.austinbeerrun.club.