The Fishtown Beer Runners celebrated the spirit of the Olympics by running 5.5 miles to International House Philadelphia on Thursday, August 9th. Beer running athletes were treated to an Olympian themed Cool Britannia celebration which took place in the IHP courtyard. Upon arrival the runners were greeted by the staff to the sounds of The Beatles, The Who, Animals, Rolling Stones and other British Invasion tunes.
The festivities included a traditional English Ploughman’s spread, plenty of Philadelphia Brewing Company beer, the Olympic Games projected on the big screen and a British gift basket raffle. Runners challenged each other to Gobsmacked corn hole and ping pong as well as a Name That Brit trivia game. Many FBR members showed their Olympic spirit by participating in the costume contest. Standout getups included a group of runners dressed as the US Equestrian Team, an ancient Olympian, Michael Phelps, a beer torch and QEII.
IHP Executive Director, Tanya Steinberg welcomed the beer runners on behalf of the board, staff and residents. Board member and beer runner, Siobhan Lyons explained IHP’s multicultural mission and invited the beer runners to take advantage of the organization’s unique film, arts and language programs and encouraged them to join as members. For many of the runners, this was their first exposure to IHP and many vowed to return.
One of the evening’s highlights was a multi-lingual toast by International House residents, staff and beer runners to the Spanish Professor, the beer runner’s grand patriarch. The professor was cheered in Chinese, Danish, Swedish, Irish, Spanish, Hebrew, and Russian. David April, FBR Founder and President, explained the purpose of the running club and how it was formed. In 2007, Dr. Manuel Castillo of the University of Granada Medical School, Granada, Spain, conducted beer hydration studies. He found that one beer after running had hydrating benefits. Each Thursday night the runners test Dr. Castillo’s research by running to a local tavern.
International House Philadelphia is a multicultural residential center, a source of distinctive programming, and the embodiment of an ideal. Our critical three-fold m
ission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the larger community through high quality international arts and humanities programs and to encourage cooperation and respect among the peoples of all nations.
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