This past Saturday my friend Dawn and I participated in the Tap ‘N Run in Philly. It’s a 4K fun run involving drinking beer. Ok, let that sink in for a second….
Tap ‘N Run’s are held in every major city in America and is meant to be crazy and it certainly was! The run (as I use that term loosely) started in waves to ensure everyone had an opportunity to chug a beer. While at the start line in my wave, we were give a cup of beer which we were instructed to chug and then we were off!
Because I’m such a lame-o I couldn’t finish my beer I went right to the trash can like the good citizen I am to throw out my cup. After throwing the cup in the trash a girl on my right slipped and fell down. I went forward to help her up and hit my head right into a steel statue. If you’re familiar with the sports complex area of Philly you know about these steel statues that are sprinkled around the area. They are large replicas of well known sports figures.
Everything was in slow motion as I was trying to keep myself up but I hit my head so hard I lost my balance and fell right down on my ass. I could hear all the other runners in unison saying “ohhhhhh” as if one of their beloved Flyers was getting their butt kicked like they normally do. (Oops, did I say that aloud??)
After the birdies above my head dissipated, I got up and started running….right to the first beer stop. We were given another beer to chug and then we were off. Feeling bloated we decided to blow off the second beer stop and headed right to the finish line where I ran into my statue friend. The race organizers had put a neon cone on it…for good reason!
We received another beer at the finish and then headed to the bar. The bar area was crowded with people from the race and they held a costume contest. There were teams dressed up as a six pack of beer, Where’s Waldo and my favorite the Oregon Trail!
I am so happy I did the “run” to mix up my more competitive races. Keep your eye open for them because they are becoming move popular like the ROC race (think 5K with Wipeout obstacles) and the Color Runs. Get your friends together and just do it!