This is supposed to be the most eye-catching title to get people to click on things online. I don’t know if that’s the case, but today it is true.

I am offering a free beer challenge. Here’s how it works.

I am running the Robbins 5K in Danville on April 23rd. This will be my 2nd 5K, as my first will be at Camp Mount Luther for the Night Flight on April 2nd. I’m up to over 3 miles in my training runs, so though I will still be slow, I know I can complete them. And that’s what matters to me: completion, not speed.

So here’s the challenge to my Facebook friends and anyone else who stumbles across this blog.

If you run the Robbins 5K in Danville this year, AND as of today – February 11, 2011, you have never before run a 5K, I will buy you 2 beers the day of the race.

Simple enough. The run is at 9am, then there’s a kids run at 10am, which our little runners will be in. Old Forge Brewing in Danville opens at 11am. 1 or 2 pints, on me, if you run the race, and it’s your first 5k.

See, if a giant marshmallow like me can get off his ass in December and January and start running, carrying over 280 pounds over ice and snow, there is no reason you can’t do it. Seriously. I’m as soft as they come. I’m changing that, but even today, after swimming 1200 yards, I’m still over 270 and a giant doughboy. And I can do this. So unless you have a severe disability, or your feet fell off, (and if they did, I am not trying to offend) – then you can run this thing too.

The Robbins Run is 10 weeks from now. That’s a week longer than the Couch-to-5K program of 9 weeks. (The 9th week is all 3 mile runs anyway, so it’s really an 8 week program).

I will send you custom made running mixes for the first 3 weeks of Couch-to-5k that are timed so you don’t have to look at a watch. Just put in the earbuds, walk, then run when it gets loud, walk when the volume drops, etc etc etc…. They got me through the first 6 weeks. (I took double the time at the outset.)If anyone digs them and wants week 4 and beyond, I will do those too.

Free beer people. Now, this is Easter weekend, so that Saturday morning may mean skipping some free chocolate at an Easter Egg hunt, but like I said: there is a kids run at 10am. What better way to celebrate new life with your kids than to go out and exercise together? It sure beats chocolate and vaguely pagan fertility rituals involving an anthropomorphized rodent in unnatural colors.

Here is the registration form for the run. They max out at 400, so register soon!


And here is the outline of the Couch-to-5K running program.


No excuses. Don’t let the marshmallow man show you up here.


2 thoughts on “Free Beer

  1. I love your challenge but I can’t take your offer. I ran cross country, track, and 5K’s when I was in high school. I have not run them since and have put on weight as well. Therefore your stipulation about being your first race counts me out. I may try to join for the run that morning because if I start now maybe I could lose some weight and get running again.

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