If there’s anything that makes you feel better about a muscle busting, sweat-inducing run or bike ride, it’s a cold beer (or two). If there’s anything that makes you feel better about indulging in a cold beer (or two), it’s a run or a bike ride.
That’s the beauty of clubs that combine running or riding with beer drinking. And in the Pikes Peak region, where it seems like new brew pubs are popping up daily, it’s a natural pairing.
Just ask anyone familiar with UpaDowna , a local non-profit that started as a simple celebration of a time-tested tradition: ending a day in the outdoors with a cold beer (“Up a mountain, Down a beer”).
Since those humble beginnings, UpaDowna has evolved into an active organization that promotes outdoor adventure for all ages and abilities, especially focused on educating children.
But UpaDowna hasn’t strayed that far from its roots. Its Wednesday Night UpaDowna Pedal Parties are open to all ages of bicyclists and all kinds of bikes, from cruisers to fat tires, trikes and unicycles. Riders meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at McCabe’s Tavern, 520 S. Tejon Street, and gather there again after the ride for food and drink specials.
One of the oldest running and drinking clubs in the area is hard to avoid downtown on Tuesday nights. The Jack Quinn’s Running Club’s Tuesday Night 5K run/walk/trot/stagger/crawl starts at 5:15 p.m. It’s a dog-friendly and stroller-friendly event that started with about 70 runners. Today, it regularly attracts more than 1,000 runners at a time, and features discounted food and beer (Odell pints) afterwards. Runners/walkers start and end at Jack Quinn’s , 21 S. Tejon St.
Further north in Colorado Springs, the club that wins for best name meets and runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Nacho Ordinary Run Club is sponsored by Salsa Brava , a popular Springs restaurant known for its innovative Mexican food . Runners meet at the Salsa Brava in Briargate (9420 Briar Village Point) on Tuesdays and the Rockrimmon location (802 Village Center Drive) on Wednesdays; both runs start at 6 p.m. and feature food and drink specials and runner milestone prizes.
The Soul Runners are sponsored by Trinity Brewing Company, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road. Runners can choose a four- or eight-mile route on Mondays at 6 p.m., and get discounted house brews afterward. Trinity has an innovative food and drink menu, and offers tasty treats (that might possibly negate all the benefits of your run) like the Swine and Syrup Cone – thick strips of bacon with maple syrup for dipping.
A newer club up north is getting more popular. The UVC (University Village Colorado) Running Club hooks into the Pikes Peak Greenway trail from the UVC shopping center for four-mile, 4.25-mile or six-mile round trips. Afterwards, merchants and food and drink joints at the shopping center ( BJ’s , Tokyo Joe’s , Chipotle, Il Vicino and more) offer discounts for runners.
For those who want a workout and beer at a higher elevation, Bierwerks in Woodland Park just started its running and pedaling club. Riders and runners meet at the brewery, 121 E. Midland Ave., at 7 p.m. on Mondays, and choose from two or three courses. Afterwards, your beer is half-price.