Meet the (Sort of) New South Philly Running Club, Passyunk Beer and Java Runners
You know we have a particular obsession with Philly-area running clubs, right? I mean, it’s no accident that we maintain a rather exhaustive list of Philadelphia-area running groups. It’s also why we’re so stinkin’ psyched about the first-ever running club championship, the Mayor’s Cup, debuting this summer.
So we were tickled pink yesterday when the Passyunk Beer & Java Runners followed us on Twitter. Yes, a South Philly running group formed around a shared love of beer and coffee. What could be better?
Turns out, says Paul Vidal, one of the group’s organizers, the club has been getting together regularly for a year or two, but recently rebranded and launched a shiny new website, so that’s why we hadn’t come across them until this week.
“We’re a pretty laid back group,” Vidal says. “We focus on having a good run, good conversation and a good time.”
The group meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Broad and Passyunk for a beer run, and at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings at the Passyunk Fountain (Passyunk and Tasker) for a coffee run. The runs end at different East Passyunk-area bars and coffee shops, including Black & Brew, Cantina, B2 and Devil’s Den.
The Tuesday evening runs are between three and five miles, and the Thursday morning runs are four to seven. Thursdays tend to be speedier, and can sometimes turn into “hardcore tempo runs,” Vidal says.
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