Now that winter has come (and, hopefully, departed), we can reflect on all of the chilly miles we logged in the last few months–some of them, fortunately, for good causes. The “responsible running” part of FBR mission (responsible running and drinking in the interest of science) means that we are committed to supporting our community charities. FBR’s goal is to volunteer or host a Thursday night fundraiser once a month. When it comes to charitable giving, more running groups are better than one–case in point, the collaborative FBR/Leprechaun run to City Tap House on March 6 to support Special Olympics Pennsylvania.  

unnamedTaryn Weiss, the Philadelphia Co-Chair of the Young Professional Counsel for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, helped organize the fundraiser, along with Ryan Calahan, the Outreach Director of Philadelphia Runner, and David April, of course, the founder of Fishtown Beer Runners.

City Tap House was an obvious locale for such a large gathering of running clans. As Taryn states, it was “large enough to host over 100 people” (and happens to have close to that number of beers between drafts and a massive bottle list).

It was cold enough that night that even the firepits couldn’t lure us out to the Tap House deck. But luckily, there was beer enough to keep us warm. David April worked his PBC magic. A $5 bracelet got you two beers, either Walt Wit donated by PBC or Yards Philly Pale Ale donated by Yards. Post-happy hour, there were PBC and Yards drink specials.

The results? The Young Professional Council of Special Olympics Philadelphia raised $650.00 in just over three hours at the City Tap House event and $27,000 on March 16th from the Leprechaun Run. The money raised goes toward events for the athletes in Philadelphia and, as Taryn says, even more crucially, “it allows us to bring on more athletes.” She says that it costs $225 for one athlete to compete in Special Olympics programming for a full year.

While these results are impressive by any measure, there is always need for more hands-on help. And there will be more opportunities soon. Taryn says there will be a Spring Olympic Games at William Penn Charter at the end of April: “We need volunteers to buddy up with our athletes and/or help make sure the event runs smoothly.”

Keep an eye on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SOPAPhiladelphia) for more details. And, look forward to more FBR events that put the “responsible” in running, when hypothermia is no longer a risk for the price of a good brew.

–Jessica Clegg