Monday, January 24, 2011

Beer Runs 2010

2010 is over and we seem to have a pretty good head of steam going with the Beer Runs. Our first official beer run was in July, when we started from the Silver Dollar and ran up and around Water Works Hill. As I recall we had a bit less than 20 people show up, but that was enough to convince us to give it another go in August.

Sitting here trying to type with semi-frozen fingers I think back fondly to our second Beer Run, we started at the Bayern Brewery on what may have been the hottest day of the year. The crowd of Beer Runners grew and I remember having a great time out on the Bayern Deck, chatting with the runners and enjoying the lagers and pilsners. And as wonderful as the beer was, and the food has been on the last couple runs, (Fat Cat Pizza and Double Front Chicken,) the thing that I enjoy the most about our Beer Runs is getting to meet up with some of the other folks in our running community. Some of you I see at group runs or races, but we haven't had much time to socialize. Either we are too serious about the race, or during the group runs our paces are varied enough that we don't end up running together.

As our Beer Runs draw more runners, I get a chance to meet more and more of my neighbors in our little community. And I get to know many of you a bit better. I was surprised at how many hard core fanatics there are in the group. There were around 30 that turned out for the run last week in the wind and cold. Though it wasn't as bad as I expected, there were still a few"what the #$%#" am I thinking moments as I headed into the East wind coming out of Hellgate Canyon.

So I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions, but this year I will make one: I resolve to keep having fun with the rest of the Beer Runners on the last Wednesday of the Month. And this month I will meet you all on the 26th at the Oxford on Higgins, and I will be watching to see if any of you are hard core enough to order the brains and eggs.

Thanks for doing your part to make these Beer Runs as successful as they have been.
~Your Chancellor of Libations, Pat

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