Do you measure fun by the pint or by the mile? Try it both ways at Joggers and Lagers events this summer at Port City Brewing Company with Pacers Running.
Every Monday through September or so, we invite you to join us at the Brewery (3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria). Expect a fun crowd, support from Pacers Running staff, and periodic visits from vendors to let you test out their latest offerings. Taking it at your own pace, you will enjoy running our pleasant route through a park and along a trail that follows the water of Holmes Run. And, of course, the Brewery makes for a perfect spot to stick around afterwards to grab a drink and socialize.
This past Monday, we kicked things off for the season and saw an incredible turnout of nearly 60 runners who showed up for our special take on a pub run.
A crowd began to gather well before the 7pm start time. Many attendees took the opportunity to talk with representatives from Mizuno Running who came to join in the festivities. They had brought free t-shirts to give out as well as size runs of their Wave Rider and Wave Inspire shoe models for participants to try.
Also on hand was Meg Phillips, Member Services Manager for Back On My Feet— an organization that helps people experiencing homelessness transform their lives through running. Mizuno is a big supporter of Back on My Feet and, this April, they are donating $10 for every pair of Mizuno shoes sold.
Soon enough, Joe Schultz, Manager of our Alexandria store, gathered all the participants around with a hefty shout and quickly laid out the plans and directions for the route. He and Ellen, a co-worker at the Alexandria location, would be the night’s leaders, guiding participants on the out-and-back course.
The pre-run meeting didn’t last all that long, though– perhaps because Joe could tell everyone was eager to get started or because he could sense that the weather was threatening to be pretty temperamental. Fortunately, things would hold up until just after everybody had made it back. But, right after, it really started to pour.
As if they needed another excuse besides what Port City had on tap, the rain gave everyone good reason to huddle inside and sidle up to the tasting bar or mingle at tables. And, for those who had worked up an appetite, the Rocklands Barbecue food truck was on site serving tasty post run fuel.
If our first event was any indication, we are in for some great times this year. We are delighted to partner with Port City Brewing Company to offer this summer-long series of events. And, we look forward to having you join us!