Brewers of Portugal organise 1st “Beer Runners” in Portugal

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The Brewers of Portugal will organise the first “Beer Runners” in Portugal, on 3 November. The initiative, starting at 10am from Praça do Império, in Belém, will bring together two relevant aspects of Portuguese culture: physical activity and the social act of sharing a beer.

The race, easy level, includes a 10km race and a 5km walk, and is intended for everyone: professional athletes, amateurs, experienced runners, beginners and hikers. “This race aims, above all, to promote physical exercise and reconcile it with the tradition of sharing a beer with friends. We want to celebrate friendship and beer, while promoting the moderate consumption of a low-alcohol drink and encouraging everyone to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle,” stresses the general secretary of the Brewers of Portugal, Francisco Gírio.

The Beer Runners movement emerged in 2007 when a group of Philadelphia runners, inspired by a study by the University of Granada School of Medicine, attesting to the beneficial relationship between sports and moderate beer consumption, began to organize races once a week, which always ended with beer sharing.

“Beer contains B vitamins, sodium, magnesium, a high presence of antioxidants and a high water content that make this drink, especially the non-alcoholic version, an excellent ally in recovery after exercise. Consumed in moderation, beer is a great complement to water in the body's rehydration, which is essential to ensure that the results of physical activity are satisfactory,” explains nutritionist Natália Cavaleiro Costa, consultant of Brewers of Portugal, who will be present at the warm up session and on the test grounds to clarify any questions related to this topic.

At the end of the Beer Runners are scheduled two stretching sessions and the podium ceremony. All participants who cross the target will have the opportunity to enjoy a beer and non-alcoholic beer, accompanied by lupines and nuts, to replace hydration and sodium levels.

“It should be noted that beer is one of the few categories that offers a non-alcoholic version, for those who want to continue to enjoy this drink and its properties at times when they cannot or should not drink alcohol,” says Francisco Gírio.

The first official “Beer Runners” took place in 2012, in Spain, promoted by Cerveceros de España. Today, this community of beer and activity enthusiasts has more than 28,000 members, spread across 78 local groups, who regularly organize to run and share a beer, always in moderation. The movement is also growing in Denmark, Edinburgh, New York and Chicago.

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