So here I am all hot and sweaty in NYC. Tired feet and an achy shin. Yet, drinking a cold beer and feeling fine!
In fact, after many cold brews I was feeling no pain at all!
Such was the way I was feeling after just completing another 5K race this past week. This time I ran in the inaugural Brew Hop 5K and Beer Fest. You heard that right – a three mile run followed by booths and booths of glorious craft beer! Being there and experiencing the proceedings first hand I can say that the event was a tasty hit. 1500 thirsty runners were on hand during a beautiful end of Summer weekend to enjoy this unique run along picturesque views of Randall’s Island Park. Continue reading Sweat, beer, and running in NYC – The Brew Hop 5K!→
Featuring 12 Local Breweries, With More To Be Announced
Early Bird Tickets Now Available While Supplies Last
Now, I love a cold tasty brew on a warm NYC summer day. Especially during this heat wave we are going through! So much swamp ass! The beer lover in me is always up to trying something new. Then again, over these past five months or so I have pretty much cut out a lot of my boozing antics, along with a better overall diet, and incorporated running as part of my training. Mainly 5K runs this year as I am halfway to my goal of ten races. Running is a love/hate thing with me, so when I found out that a 5K event is coming to NYC that combines the grueling exhilaration of completing a race along with the fun exuberance of a beer festival I was all over it!
Are you kidding me? This sounds awesome! It’s literally right in my backyard so I have to do this. Seriously, anyone who likes to run and also enjoys a good beer should check this out. Run your 3.2 miles, get all hot and sweaty, then cool down with some terrific New York based brewery selections.
Here are some tidbits and details from their official press release –
The Brew Hop is excited to announce their first annual 5K + Craft Beer Festival, coming to Randall’s Island Park on Sunday, September 18th. Tickets are officially on-sale to the public, with Early Bird tickets available while supplies last. The event will feature complimentary tastings from craft breweries around the Greater New York Area, such as: Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Third Rail Beer, Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing, KelSo Beer Company, Alphabet City Brewing, Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, and more to be announced. Some dang good breweries here, and I should know, as I have consumed many a pint from each.
The Brew Hop is a brand new event that gives attendees the chance to combine their love for running and craft beer, aiming to build a bridge between two seemingly unrelated yet perfectly compatible pastimes. The day starts off with a 5K race (Registration @ 10am | Race @ 12pm) followed by a festival from 12:30pm – 4pm for attendees to indulge in the best beer and food New York City has to offer. Runners will receive a congratulatory medal at the end of the race! For those interested in solely partaking in the post-race festivities, there is a ‘Beer Fest Only’ ticket available for purchase. VIP tickets are also available for purchase, which will grant access to a private lounge area with wait staff to get beers for you, free massages, private bathrooms, exclusive food and beer offerings, and a limited edition poster. All attendees will enjoy complimentary beer samples with their ticket purchase, along with a tasting glass, koozie, and other surprises from participating breweries.
The post-race festival will feature live music, lawn games, brewery row, art installations, local food trucks, vendor village, and seating areas. What a great way to enjoy a Sunday in September!
It’s also tied in to a great cause. The Brew Hop will benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization, by donating 10% of the proceeds directly to the charity. There will also be a food drive on-site for attendees who wish to bring non-perishable food items to donate. https://www.cityharvest.org/
In the words of Rocky Balboa- “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”
“That’s how winning is done!”
Each year now I put myself through one of these mud runs and obstacle course races. Whether it’s a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Urban Mudder, etc. 3 miles, 12 miles, 5 miles. Each year I end up a bit bruised, battered, bloodied, and scraped up. I do it for a cause. To give something back. Anything.
They say it’s a young man’s game. I’m probably one of the older dudes out there on event day. I don’t let it defeat me. Maybe I’m crazy. Why do I put myself through this pain? Because I can. Because I won’t ever give up. Life is too much fun, and too short, to sit on a couch and watch it all go by. Even if what I do makes a tiny bit of difference in someone’s life it’s all worth it to me. It’s worth the aches and pains my body feels after these races. Plus, I will admit I do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I cross that finish line.
I recruited my bud Francisco to get out there with me for his first OCR and we conquered the first ever Urban Mudder NYC in 2015! It was a terrific day and experience. Even with a sunny hot 88 degree day out we crushed it. Boom!
We want to thank all those who offered their support and donations. You rock! We were one of the top 5 fundraising teams for the Make A Wish charity with over $3400! The Make A Wish Foundation was very grateful for our efforts. In total they raised over $40,000 with Urban Mudder. Again, thank you all who helped support us with this cause. Continue reading Conquering Urban Mudder in NYC. The kid does it again!→
That is, of course, me making a fool of myself again for a good cause. Miles of running broken up by jumping, climbing, crawling, and hanging over and through a dozen or so obstacles created by a bunch of evil madmen.
Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. After my experiences these past few years completing a Warrior Dash and a Tough Mudder you would think I’m pretty well versed with obstacle course and mud runs by now. I thought I was. Here I am entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th and I still feel all anxious and nervous a bit! I have been hitting the gym and getting my running game in gear these past few months. Funny thing is I normally hated running, but after going out to jog 5K’s multiple times a week I think I am actually starting to enjoy it after all these years. Shudder the thought, right? Continue reading Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!→