Running is a great way to earn your cheese curds and beer, socialize with friends, or train for a race. Pair running with coffee at Nextdoor cafe, which hosts a variety of classes, events and groups at its Lincoln Park location. Hot chocolate lovers should put the Hot Chocolate 5/15k on their bucket list, which is an opportunity to join thousands of your chocolate loving friends dash toward the willy wonka-esque chocolate infused after party. Chai Town Cafe, which serves hot chocolate, smoothies, protein shakes, coffee, tea, and other specialty drinks has a running club to help you train.
Of course, Chicago is well known for its Saint Patrick's Day parade, and the Shamrock Beer Run is an annual 5k around St. Patrick's Day worth training for.
For beer lovers, the BeerFit running series is a multi-location event (including Chicago) with a 5k and a 'Brew Mile.' 5k participants earn their beer first and consume it second, while brew milers have beer before and after their mile. BeerFit raises money for Water.org, and organization founded by Gary White and Matt Damon that provides access to safe water in hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America.
On Monday nights, head to Uptown to join the Uptown Runners meet at Fat Cat at 6:30pm. The Scout bar also has beer run nights on Tuesdays. Vice District Brewing has a seasonal running club that meets Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Go 10 times and win prizes!
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) has a collaboration running group with Lagunitas Brewing called the Summer Six Series - a 6 week beer and running club to help you train, stay in shape, be social, or all of the above.
An 'official' Beer Mile involves drinking 4 beers and running one mile (chug a beer, run a quarter mile, repeat until you're done). Are you up for the challenge? BeerMile has aggregated a list of races around the world as well as the current record holders. Beyond the Beer Mile, pairing beer and running is a growing trend. Chicago's Mikkeller Running Club schedules group runs at craft beer venues like Northdown Cafe.
Similarly, Hash House Harriers has several regional groups that operate under the slogan 'a drinking group with a running problem. Hashing is a tradition brought over from the British Empire, inspired the game of Hare and Hounds. The group operates on these four pillars:
- To promote physical fitness among our members.
- To get rid of weekend hangovers.
- To acquire a good thirst and satisfy it with beer.
- To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel.