Spring brings warmer weather, chirping birds, blooming flowers….. and the B double E double R U N, BEERUN, BEERUN! Every March, our group patiently awaits the start of the local racing season to start with the Old Town Beerun, a challenging but fun 5 mile run through the nearby college campuses, UNCG and Greensboro College. This year is the 13th year for the race which benefits the Special Olympics. The Beerun, which is typically held on the Saturday closest to St. Patrick’s day, is one of few afternoon races. This year it moved to a Sunday and a week later, but we still were excited about an awesome afternoon, running and hanging out with our friends.
Something new this year, they were offering a challenge, the 6-pack. The basic idea is that 6 runners in costumes are tethered together and have to run the whole 5 miles together from start to finish. Awesome prizes were at stake: a 6-pack of beer per runner for the fastest team and a 6-pack per runner for the best costume. This challenge read WOO HOO CREW all over it! After spending 2012 competing in the 12athon challenges, we were thrilled to be “bringing jackassery back” (sing that to JT’s hit!). We brainstormed at one of our post-run Saturday breakfasts and came up with a game plan for awesome costumes. Unfortunately, with a busy work week for most of us leading up to the race and pending yucky weather on Sunday, we ended up not having time or the gumption to pull it all together so we decided to nix the 6-pack idea….or did we?!
We met Saturday before the Beerun for our long run. Several of us who were going to do the 6-pack were chatting about the next day’s nasty weather, the temperature would be right around freezing and there was a 90% chance of cold rain. We talked about how maybe wearing white trash bags might be smart in helping us stay a little dry and warm while we ran. We started laughing and kidding around that that could be our costumes…and then it hit us, for real, the white trash bags could be our costumes! We could all wear one and we could be “white trash”. The 6-pack challenge was back on!
On Sunday afternoon, we met earlier at Daniel’s to pull our costumes together. We cut holes in our trash bags for our heads and arms, duct taped our race numbers and our laminated “White Trash” signs to our fronts, and threw on our shower caps and foam rollers. Katie cut the string that we would use to tether ourselves to one another. We arrived at the starting line, tied ourselves together and headed to the back of the starting line. We were a 6-pack!
In fact, we were the ONLY 6-pack. When we checked in with the race director at the start of the race, we found out there were no other groups taking on the challenge which meant we had just won the fastest and best dressed 6-pack. The beer was ours before we even started racing!
The gun went off and off we went, tied together! It took us a few miles to get the hang of running together. Our strings came undone a few times, which we quickly fixed on our interval walk breaks. We got really great at turning corners by mile 3, yelling “PIVOT” every time just like Ross and Chandler did on the Friends moving episode. We successfully moved around other runners and walkers and avoided huge puddles by yelling “Toward Nathan” or “Toward Melanie”. All in all, it was so much fun running together! It was the most fun we could have had given the less than ideal weather conditions.
We crossed the finish line, 6 wide, and took our finish picture. We found our other non 6-pack running friends and hit the beer line. Usually, we’d stick around the finish line party for awhile, but after just 1 beer most of us were freezing cold and soaking wet. We wanted warm clothes, warm food and to be indoors. A group of us headed to one of our favorite pizza places, Spring Garden Pizza and continued the “party” there.