In the DC area, we like to work hard and play hard, so it’s no surprise that combining drinking beer with running has taken off. From casual weekly meetups to official races, you can find endless ways to sweat it out in pursuit of earning yourself a cold one.
If you need a little extra motivation to get running, the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K in downtown Fairfax might be for you. At 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, runners will meander through a 5K course, stopping for gourmet bites along the way. At the end, they’ll be rewarded with celebratory drinks in a beer garden. Pre-registration is $45; $55 on day of event.
Pacers Beer Mile at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 isn’t for the faint of heart. By definition, a beer mile is where a runner does four laps, chugging a beer between each lap. But don’t worry, if this sounds like too much beer (or too much running) runners can form a group to do it as a relay. Registration is $32-$40 per person or $44-$60 for a team.
If you’re looking for something a little more informal, many breweries and bars hold weekly fun runs.
Lake Anne Brew House, 11424 Washington Plaza W, Reston, has a Beer Run Club which meets every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For those Wednesday runs, the taproom is open only for the running participants until 8:30 p.m. Talk about feeling like part of an exclusive club!
Caboose Tavern, 520 Mill St. NE, Vienna, VA, holds Trails and Ales, a 3-5 mile run on the W&OD trail, every Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Often described as a “drinking club with a running problem,” local hashing leagues look to connect those who love running and alcohol enough to want to do the two at the same time, literally. The rules are simple. A runner called a “hare” goes out ahead of the pack and blazes a crude trail with flour. The rest of the club follows suit, sometimes stopping at predetermined checkpoints where they must chug a beer. The run usually terminates at a pub or other drinking establishment. If you’re wondering why this isn’t already part of your workout regimen, check this comprehensive list of hashing leagues in the area to get started.