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Brewer loses 150 pounds, runs 50-miler

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing assistant brewer Jake McCluskey started training with a simple couch to 5K program.

A year later, he has lost more than 150 pounds and over the weekend completed his first 50-mile run for his 42nd birthday.

He’s come a long way from his 370-pound weight, when he couldn’t even run a city block, according to an article in Runner’s World. When he first starting training, he would go out in the middle of the night because he was embarrassed.

“I would only run at like 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.,” McCluskey told the magazine. “But even at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., I would have a cool support system of random people—people coming home from clubs, people that were out delivering stuff.”

McCluskey changed his lifestyle and diet, but as a brewer, he hasn’t given up beer.

“I still drink beer every day,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “The craft beer community is pretty supportive.”

In fact, his 50-mile run started and ended at breweries.

Over the weekend, he started his overnight run at San Francisco’s Cellarmaker Brewing Company, and finished 50 miles later at San Jose’s Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, where he was greeted by a crowd.

He used the event as a benefit and raised about $12,000 for the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, which helps send foster kids to college. McCluskey grew up without a dad and wanted to help other children who had a similar situation, especially on Father’s Day.

“My running’s not ending with that run,” he said. “I’m sure there’ll be something for me down the road.”


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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