Sometimes you think that the world has exhausted its supply of new ways to combine beer and running. Then one innovative brewery decides to host the world’s first underwater marathon.
This week, Pennsylvania’s Troeg’s Brewery announced that it will hold a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon on special-made treadmills on Sept. 9. The event’s goal will be to raising $250,000 for wounded soldiers, who use the treadmills for advanced rehabilitation.
Runners are essentially submerged in tanks of water with a treadmill at the bottom. The new training devices made by HydroWorx are used with pro athletes, and help train soldiers in the same manner.
According to an article in the Patriot News, HydroWorx chose Troeg’s for the fundraiser because they wanted a festive atmosphere with live music. Troeg’s co-owner John Trogner said they will likely create a special beer for the event crafted after the soldiers’ tastes.
The race’s benefit, The Eagle Fund, helps provide the $5,000 per soldier cost for an intensive rehabilitation program that includes underwater therapy, weight training, nutrition education, and deep tissue massage.
I’m sure throwing some extra beer for the soldiers couldn’t hurt, either.
For more information and to sign up visit Underwatermarathon.com.