By Jesse Wood
After a sweaty jog, there’s nothing like a cold beer.
Boone has a new running club. The club’s first day was last Thursday and it ended with a cool down session at the TApp Room with Booneshine brews. The TApp Room is located across the street from the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone.
Local restaurateur Danny Mauney wanted to start a local running club for quite a while now. So Mauney, who is a co-owner of the TApp Room, reached out to his friends at Booneshine, co-owners Carson Coatney and Tim Herdklotz, to see if they were interested in supporting the club.
“They said, ‘Yeah.’ So we started working on some shirts, logos and we talked to the Girls on the Run [organizers] … Everybody just started sending out emails and we went from there,” Mauney said.
Nearly three-dozen people, a mix of high school and college students and local runners, participated in the inaugural run last Thursday. As word spreads, organizers expect the club’s membership to grow in the future.
There’s no cost to join. Plus, you get a free “Running for Beer” tee shirt. Club members park at the Holmes Convocation lot between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. They start running at about 5:30 p.m and meet up afterwards at the TApp Room.
Mauney organized various loops of 2 to 5 miles on the first Thursday and expects to tweak those runs to challenge members however they see fit. The club is open to runners of all levels, and you are allowed to walk and run if you like.
“There are no rules,” Mauney said. “You are running against yourself. That’s it. It’s not a race by any means. It’s a social. Go out and run, come back and have fun and talk about the week.”
As Kinney Baughman, a member of the running club and a former brewery manager at the old Cottonwood Brewery, which happened to be located next door, joked after the first run that this is a “new twist on Thirsty Thursdays.”
For more information, search for the group on social media or meet at the Holmes Convocation Center parking lot between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.