Last Thursday Ben and I had the opportunity to meet up, run, get to know, share and drink with a rising star of the Snoqualmie Valley, "The North Bend Beer Runners"! We were excited to gather with other like-minded people, who enjoy the beauty of the Valley, the community of running and sharing a frosty beverage. We got a sitter for our son Leif and met at 6:30 pm on a WINDY and blustery evening up on the Ridge at Infusion Bar and Grill. Upon arrival, we encountered 40 runners festively dressed in holiday garb. These folks seriously go the extra mile with flashing Christmas-light necklaces, ugly sweaters, a blow-up Rudolph and even a Santa hat with a beard! The season of giving was in full-effect as everyone brought underwear to donate to SVSD students and Care Closets. The Santa bags were overflowing and we were impressed that this fun-loving group was putting forth so much effort to give to our community. It was easy to see that Matt and Stockard, the leaders of the group, were all about community and made an effort to connect with all members. They distributed maps and clearly communicated the options of a 3 and 4 mile run. We circled up for a final pep-talk and then scampered down Main Street. I loved seeing the downtown patrons' faces as they watched this motley crew of Christmas spirit jog past. We enjoyed mingling with fellow runners along the way, getting some evening exercise and anticipating the warmth the restaurant would provide after our 4 mile run.
The North Bend Beer Runners pick a different spot to run every week and the route through the Ridge was awesome. The miles went by quickly and the conversation flowed easily. I remember thinking, “Runners are just nice people.” In no time at all we were back at Infusion. Stockard and Matt had reserved the entire bar area and the enthusiasm was electric; everyone had enjoyed the brisk run, but it seemed all loved the social aspect just as much. I had the opportunity to talk with the founders (Matt and Stockard), who started "North Bend Beer Runners" in the west. They are a lovely couple that have curated the perfect mix of exercise, charitable contributions, friends, food and of course roving Bevies! The runners meet weekly to run, check out a new establishment and often donate to a cause. If you are interested in getting your run on and then grabbing a bite to eat with fellow runners, this is the perfect group. There is absolutely no ego here, just a bunch of kind and courteous people who love to run, socialize and enjoy this beautiful valley and community. Any level of runner would be welcome and would find companionship. Ben and I will definitely be running with this bunch again soon! For more information visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/northbendbeerrunners
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and merriment!