“Beer Runner of the Month” is a reoccurring series to introduce you to the friendly faces of RunBeerRepeat. If you’d like to be featured, reach out to us!
How did you get into running?
Unlike a lot of runners I know, I was not a runner in school. I never ran in high school, I was never in cross country. I started running a few years after college. In January of 2014, I decided to finally take control of my health and running was a good place to start. I signed up with a friend to run my first ever race at the Get Lucky 7K in March. By the time I crossed the finish line I was hooked.
What is your favorite local route or area to run?
I really like the cliche Minneapolis runs – the lakes, the river road, the Stone Arch Bridge. I live on the east side so I don’t get to run these very often.
Brag about yourself a little bit, what are some accomplishments you’ve had during your running career?
A handful of years ago I got hooked on marathons. On top of running, I love to travel, so it was natural to combine those two into one goal – run a marathon in all 50 states. Since June 2015 I’ve run 25 marathons in 21 states.
What is your favorite race, or a personal record you are proud of?
My favorite race is and always will be the Twin Cities Marathon. The route is perfect and hits so many of the cities best running spots. The crowds of spectators are so enthusiastic and in all the races I’ve run I haven’t been able to match that experience.
If you could run with one person from all of recorded history, who would it be?
I think it would have to be Yuki Kawauchi, the winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon. The guy is a machine. He runs about as many marathons per year as I do, but he runs them all in the 2:20:00 range. I want to pick his brain on how he runs so fast while constantly training for the next race and recovering from the last race. I want to know how he stays healthy and avoids injuries. And finally, I want to ask him how he maintains his passion for running, and how he is able to do it day in and day out.
How long have you been running with RunBeerRepeat?
I’m one of the longest running members! I’ve been running with RunBeerRepeat since December of 2014…that’s 4+ years!
Are you training for any races?
If you’ve run with RunBeerRepeat before, you’ve most likely heard someone utter “what’s your next race, Brad?” I’m always training for another race, and it’s usually right around the corner. In the past 3 years or so I’ve run nearly one marathon each month, and I have most of 2019 already planned out.
How did you get into craft beer?
In college, I usually drank whatever beer was cheapest or readily available. At one point, I got a little adventurous and bought a bottle of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. I had one sip and was hooked.
What is your favorite local brewery?
Fair State. I love nearly every beer they put out, as well as the community they have cultivated.
What is your go-to beer or style of beer?
IPAs are my go-to style, and I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, I love those hazy IPAs!
What craft beer location have you been dying to visit?
There aren’t many craft beer spots in the Twin Cities that I haven’t been to yet, but if I had to pick any spot in the world it would be Brauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany. It’s the oldest brewery in the world and the brewery of one of my favorite beers, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier!