The area I live in is known for its runners. I see several people jog by me every day as I walk to work, and there seems to be an occasion almost every weekend for a 5K of some sort. I tend to participate by watching from an outdoor restaurant and drinking beer as people run by. But no more — because I have finally found the race for me.
Flying Dog Brewing Co. is holding their third annual Sprint for Spat 0.1K on Sunday, May 1st. The decimal is not in the wrong place: it is 100 meters long, with a hydration station at the halfway point so runners can refuel with Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Oyster Stout (I myself plan to wait for their Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale at the end of the race, since oyster stout is the one style I won’t drink).
“Like Festivus, we wanted a footrace for the rest of us,” says Erin Weston, Flying Dog’s senior director of communications. “The appeal of going through all of the motions — registration, race bibs, incredibly large digital clock — for a race that takes less than two minutes to complete was so appealing.” I for one can’t wait to add the 0.1 sticker to my collection, which currently consists of one fancy 0.0 sticker on my desk at work.
The event isn’t entirely a dig on races — it also supports two very good causes. Proceeds from the event go to two charities: the Oyster Recovery Partnership (“spat” is the spawn of oyster at early development) and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Says Erin, “The oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is a mere 1% of its historical peak, which makes the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s works so crucial to the Bay’s fragile ecosystem. And the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is an incredible network of volunteers and survivors to help get cancer patients the support and resources they may not find elsewhere.”
Registration is $25, and gets you not only a spot in the race, but admission to a post-race block party in Baltimore’s historic Fell’s Point neighborhood (one of my favorite places to hang out when I visit Baltimore). There will be live music, oysters, food trucks, and of course, a bounty of delicious local beer. Worth the run beforehand, if you ask me.
The event sells out every year, so if you want in, don’t wait — register today. I hope to see you there! In the meantime, I will be training hard between now and May 1st.