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Brewer who lost 180 pounds sets sights on 100-mile race

“The craft beer community is pretty supportive.”
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Last year, I wrote about Santa Clara Valley Brewing assistant brewer Jake McCluskey, who at that point had lost more than 150 pounds and completed a 50-mile run for his 42nd birthday.

It was just a warm-up.

Today, McCluskey has shed more than 180 pounds in total, and now is in training for a 100-mile race.

According to a profile in the San Jose Mercury News, McCluskey will attempt the 100-miler on April 9 to celebrate two years of fitness.

McCluskey first got his start by running in the middle of the night, because he was too embarrassed to exercise in front of people when he was 380 pounds.

“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,” he said.

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 last year. “The craft beer community is pretty supportive.”

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

 

 

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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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