Beer and running have finally found a happy medium through a growing social trend: pub runs. Throughout Southern California, more and more running groups are meeting in the vicinity of local breweries to run a few miles before mingling over beers.
The point of the pub runs is not to become a stronger or faster runner – although one certainly can reap these benefits as well – but to have a place where one can socialize over beer. Ultra marathoner Justin Flores, 30, of Anaheim said he joined the O.C. Craft Runners for the sake of being a part of a community that has his same interests.
“Pub runs are unique in that they allow you to connect with runners of all levels instead of just fast guys with fast guys, and back of the pack with back of the pack,” said Flores, “It allows you to swap stories across categories, and it gives it a vibe of not just being a team or club, but also buddies.”
You don’t have to be a runner to partake in these fun meet-ups – most of the clubs welcome all paces and some even encourage dogs and strollers. The following SoCal-based running groups host pub runs regularly.
Dog Haus Running Club and Pitfire Pizza Running Club: Dog Haus Running Club in both Pasadena and Long Beach and Pitfire Pizza Running Club in Hollywood are a part of a network of 21 social running clubs in the national non-profit organization Fitness Fun and Philanthropy (FFP) Running Clubs, which hosts weekly fun runs and promotes healthy living and fitness while raising money for local charities. The running clubs are completely free to join; just show up and a volunteer will help register new participants.
The 5k fun runs always start and end at the host bar, followed by happy hour afterwards. Along with the weekly runs, the clubs organize and host unique fundraising events throughout the year to raise money and awareness for well deserving charities within their communities.
“The inspiration behind these clubs is to create a stronger culture of fitness, fun, and philanthropy in each respective local community,” said Kim Kouwabunpat, FFP Running Clubs regional director. “We want to make fitness a fun part of everyone’s weekly routines while also giving back to the community in meaningful ways.”
6:15 p.m. every Tuesday; Dog Haus Biergarten, 93 E. Green St., Pasadena
6:15 p.m. every Wednesday; Dog Haus Biergarten, 210 E. 3rd St.,…