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Get Out: Tuesday Night Pub Runs

By Brett Shepard 10:56 PM April 3, 2014

Pub run

ANCHORAGE –

Are you looking for a fun and free way to get outside, make some new friends  and get in shape? Then the Tuesday Night Pub Runs might be the event for you.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the run has a rolling start between 5:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday night at Skinny Raven Sports.

Since 2012, Skinny Raven and McGinley’s Pub have been putting on the free pub run. It begins each at Skinny Raven and end at McGinley’s, with new 5 km routes each week.

“We chose to end at the pub because it was someplace that would bring everyone together,” said Emma Bohman of Skinny Raven.

The first run in 2012 only had about 40 people, but now hundreds show up each week, even during the heart of winter, Bohman said.

“Even when it’s ten below or there’s fresh snow we still have a hundred to two hundred people showing up,” she said.

The best part about this event is that it’s not geared just to the hardcore runner; this is an event for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve had a lot of people that don’t normally participate in running events, but saw the social aspect of this and it really captured their hearts in terms of wanting to participate,” said John Clark of Skinny Raven.

Ed Hills is one of those runners whose heart was captured and running has really changed his life.

“I smoked for years and quit smoking and even after about five years of not smoking, walking up the stairs at the Sullivan Arena I was out of breath,” he said.

Hills decided to change his lifestyle and this week he celebrated his 60th pub run.

“I’ve lost a little weight in the process,” he said. “I’m able to climb stairs and just be able to move around again. Yeah, it made a huge difference in my life.”

At the end of the run, Hills and the other runners celebrated the exercise and refueled with some food and beverages.

“Well, it wouldn’t be an Alaskan adventure if you didn’t have a beer as motivation to finish,” said first-time runner Daisy Morgan.

For more information on the weekly pub runs you can visit their Facebook page or the Skinny Raven website.

If you have any ideas for the Get Out series, email me at bshepard@ktva.com.

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