Free beer for a 5k

Andrew Fraieli
Posted 8/5/22

Free beer is strong enough of a carrot to run a 5k in Idaho Springs.

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Free beer for a 5k


Free beer is strong enough of a carrot to run a 5k in Idaho Springs.

A running club hosted by Westbound & Down partnering with the CCMRD supplies a free beer and appetizer after a 5,000 meter run around town every Thursday.

“I hate running. Seriously, if it wasn't for the beer from Westbound I probably wouldn’t be here,” said Tristen Schmidt, who’s been running with the club for two months.

He also only recently moved to Idaho Springs from Westridge. “I was looking for a way to get closer to the community (and) meet people, and this has been a great way to do that,” he said.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. behind Westbound & Down, and have been since the end of May this year, according to Director of Programs and Communication at CCMRD Samantha Dhyne. She said there used to be a previous running club by Westbound & Down, but it had ended. Dhyne went to the brewery this year to try and revive it.

With about ten to 15 runners showing up every week, some from as far as St. Mary’s Glacier, Dhyne considers it a success.

“I mean it’s a great carrot,” said Meghan Potter, who also only recently moved to Idaho Springs. She’s been running for two years though, competing in the recent World Championship Pack Burro Race.

Beer is certainly a motivator, continued Schmidt, “and it’s nice to find that sense of sociability and community that isn’t necessarily through my job.”


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