I love running and I love craft beer. I love them both even more when I have the opportunity to combine them at a brewery run club. Sometimes I even hit the trifecta of beer, running and Skirt Sports…
As I mentioned in the article I wrote for Skirt Sports, I’m not alone in that love. In fact, I’m super excited that it’s popular enough that many of the local breweries have a running event during the week. Here are 5 brewery run clubs you can try out if you live in (or are visiting) the Northern Virginia area.
- Port City – Every Monday night at 7pm, Port City Brewing and Pacers Running host a fun run called Joggers and Lagers. Choose to run 1, 3, or 5 miles and finish at the Tasting Room. If you are feeling hungry, check out the food truck of the day. Some weeks you might even get to check out some cool products from Pacers’ vendors.
- Mad Fox – On Wednesday nights at 6:30pm, rain or shine (or snow storm or crazy cold and windy or…), join the Mad Fox Run Club for a run or walk on the W&OD trail. 3 and 5 mile distances are marked, but run or walk as much as you’d like. Enjoy happy hour prices on appetizers and beer after the run! Dogs and kids are welcome, but dogs must stay on the patio when at the restaurant.
- Old Ox – The Trottin’ Oxen runs take place at 10:30am on Saturdays. Like many NoVa breweries, Old Ox is near the W&OD Trail, so runners head there for their run, with pace and distance being up to the runner.
- Caboose Brewing – Join Caboose Brewing Company for their “Trail and Ales” run on Monday evenings at 6:30pm. Caboose has partnered with Grass Roots Fitness and DC Capital Striders for their runs. The W&OD trail passes mere feet from the brewery, so runs begin at Mile Marker 12. Run 3, 5, or a distance of your choosing at any pace.
- Lost Rhino – The “Rhino Chasers” meet every Tuesday at 6pm (weather permitting) at Lost Rhino Retreat, where they have the option for an organized 1, 3 or 5 mile run through Brambleton.
I know these aren’t the only brewery run clubs in the area, so if you know of more, drop me a link and I’ll add the information to the post. And if you’d like to know more about visiting some of these breweries, here are five NoVa breweries worth visiting.