What motivates someone to start a group for beer and running?
Ask John Torrone of the Pioneer Beer Runners, or PBR for short. The club will celebrate its inaugural run six mile run starting at the Moan & Dove in western Massachusetts on January 22.
The goal of the club, which Torrone co-founded with Mike Olkin, is to “get beer geeks who happen to be runners together socially.” He shared how he became a beer runner and decided to start the club in this Q+A.
What motivated you to start the Pioneer Beer Running club?
What do you have planned for your first run?
We are going to meet at beer bar called the Moan & Dove, one of the first Craft Beer Bars I had ever heard of. They were the first place that I knew that did not serve Bud or Miller products and the owner and staff really knew about beer. The Moan & Dove also holds a special place in my heart as I was the first person to finish the mug club list and earn the first special mug. I planned a very scenic 6 mile route as an out & back to encourage newer or slower runners to not be intimidated. The design lets each runner decide if they want to turn around early and cut the run short. Then we will head to the Moan & Dove and enjoy a few beers.
What are your goals for the club in 2012?
My goals for the club are to have at least six running social events. I would also like the club to grow enough that we can enter teams for some local races and maybe raise some money for charity. At the very least I hope to meet other athletes that appreciate beer as much as I do. After the first run, I plan on discussing (over a beer) what other people would like goals for the club to be so we can create an inclusive club that people will enjoy. I also have a goal of creating a logo and t-shirts, so if anyone wants to design a logo for PBR for free please contact me!
How did you get into beer and running as a combination?
I started running cross county invitationals when I was around 12 years old and ran cross country in high school. I was on the varsity team my freshman year and got a letter, but my running career ended with an injury. I became a straight edge kid in high school after experimenting with underage drinking and did not drink again until 23. When I started drinking again I decided I wasn’t going to drink to get drunk but would enjoy what I was drinking. This is when I discovered craft and import beer. I worked for Paper City Brewery and La Resistance Distributors when I was in law school. I did not run at this time and I started putting on weight, but then I started using running to get back into shape (somewhat) and I saw beer as the perfect reward for all my hard work. I really enjoy beer and I really enjoy running and being a beer runner allows me to combine two things I am passionate about. I also have been trying and collecting beers with my friends. We have a Beer Wall of over 5,000 different beers that we’ve tried.
Outside of the club, what are your own personal beer running goals?
For me this is the year of double 1,000. My own personal beer running goal is to run 1,000 miles this year and reach reach 1,000 unique beers on Untappd. I recently reached the 500 unique Legendary status so I think I can make 1,000 this year.
If someone is interested in the club, how can they get more info or join?
Join the Pioneer Beer Runners on Facebook or contact me be email: xmahatmax (at) yahoo.com