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Trail Runner’s take on beer

“Life’s too short not to enjoy it," says one elite ultrarunner.


In its latest issue, Trail Runner magazine weighs in on the trend of beer in its sport with a lengthy article on the pros and cons.

“Trail runners seem to love beer,” writes Alex Kurt. “It’s a favorite staple at the post-race party, and pros regularly talk about their favorite brews (or swig one in a post-race interview). A few are even sponsored by breweries.”

Kurt interviews some accomplished and high-profile runners on why they indulge and what they’re drinking when they do.

“It’s something that is relaxing and something I enjoy indulging in after a long day of training,” said Sage Canaday, 29, of Boulder, winner of The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile.

“I think it just fits in with a chilled outlook on life and a good balance between the focus on running and being able to relax,” said Ian Sharman, 2013 Leadville 100 champion.

“Good beer—even great beer—is something that blue-collar folks can afford, and much of this sport is still made up of people who work for a living and don’t fancy spending $100 on a bottle of mediocre wine,” said Eric Schranz, the Ultrarunner Podcast host who asks every guest on his show to name their favorite beer.

The article acknowledges that not everyone in the sport is a beer drinker, and points out how some cut back or stop imbibing prior to a big competition. Moderation is key for those who do balance their athletic feats with an appreciation for craft beer.

Ian Sharman summed it up best: “Life’s too short not to enjoy it,” he said.

Read the entire Suds on the Singletrack article here.


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]

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