Cup of cheer is filled with beer at evening weekly fun run


Individuals and families always pose for a group photo to be posted on social media before they head off for the Run For Brews event

Photo by Jill Blue-Gaines

Most 5K runs start in the morning to beat the heat and runners hydrate with cool cups of water often handed to them by cheering volunteers. The cause for the Viera Long Doggers at 7 p.m. Thursdays is fun and fitness and that cool cup is filled with craft beer.

It’s an event to remember as participants meet up, toss their car keys in a basket, mug for a group photo and then take off alone or with kids in strollers or on bikes.

“It’s fun to see the families come here to run in a social running club,” said Long Doggers manager Gerald Stout, who works with Run For Brews organizers.

An average of 50 to 85 runners show up each week to run either a 5K or ½ K course in the social running club that promotes both craft beer and running.

“I run every chance I get, around 6 miles a week,” said Baytree resident Jessica Barone, “but this one is great because it’s after work and you run across the bridge over Interstate 95, which is good for my marathon training.”

Viera Long Doggers is at 1970 Viera Blvd. at the northwest corner of Murrell Road. The Satellite Beach Long Doggers hosts a Run for Brews at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call Long Doggers at 321-433-1116.


 Runner Cyrena Pritchard prepares to run/stroll with Jalen.   Local runner Jessica Barone works at Harris Corp.