I know, it’s not everyone’s idea of fun. But running can be made less painful if done in a group, and the pain might vanish completely if the run is followed by beer, especially if it’s half price. Right?

If you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado on any night of the week, there is a group of folks who are waiting with open arms and sneakered feet to welcome you to their run. 

Not only are the runs a great way to get a workout in; social interactions abound. If you’re new to town, you can meet like-minded folks. if you’re visiting, you can garner local insight on must-dos in town. And, if you’ve lived here for 15 years, you might run a stretch of road or a section of trail you’d never thought about exploring before.

Just be sure to tuck a couple bucks into that little pocket on your shorts; beer and pizza (tacos, ice cream, etc.) fulfill the nutritional requirements (carbs and protein) necessary for optimal recovery. Happy running!

Who: Fleet Feet Sports/ When: every Monday, 6pm/ How long: 2 – 6 miles, pavement/ The swag: occasional raffles and gear demos; and, Sweet Cow ice cream shop is located next door

Who: Sanitas Brewing Company/ When: the second Tuesday of each month, 6pm/ How long: 4 miles, pavement/ The swag: buy- one-get-one beers; $2 tacos from McDevitt Taco Supply; raffle prizes

Who: Boulder Running Company/ When: every Wednesday, 6pm/ How long: up to you – on the streets and alleys around the store/ The swag: free pizza, Avery beer, shoe demos, raffle prizes

Who: Flatirons Running Inc/ When: every Wednesday, 6pm/ How long: 5k and 10k, pavement/ The swag: pizza from Under the Sun and Avery beer

Who: Upslope Brewing Company (Lee Hill location)/ When: the third Thursday of each month, 6pm/ How long: 8-10k, trail/ The swag: half price beers

Who: Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club/ When: every Saturday morning, check their meetup.com page for time/ How long: varies, check the meetup.com page for route and carpool information/ The swag: breakfast (you pay) at a restaurant near the trail

Who: Boulder Trail Runners/ When: M-Thurs, Saturday and Sunday, check their Facebook page for details on location, length, and type of run/ The swag: Thursday’s happy hour run ends with $2 beers and Nepalese food at Sherpa’s