Running For Craft Beer
No Finish Line In Sight
BY: KRISSY NESS
For more than two years avid runners in the Fargo-Moorhead area have found their niche in a group that meets weekly at Fargo Brewing Company. “Will Run For Craft Beer” is not just for experienced or long distance runners, but it ranges from beginners to marathon trainers and everyone in between. This group meets 52 weeks a year, snow or shine, give or take a holiday or blizzard.
Alongside Aaron Hill, part owner of Fargo Brewing Company, Jared “J.P.” Peterson, and Frode Tilden helped jump-start this group.
“As far as I know Frode kind of kicked this whole thing off,” said Sarah Pedersen, packaging lead at FBC.
Frode Tilden moved from Norway to Fargo, North Dakota in 2001 and attended school at UND, majoring in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting; he worked for many years at Fox News, KVLY and Prairie Public where he met J.P., before settling into his current job as a Logistics Coordinator, for Dakota Specialty Milling.
“J.P. introduced me to the running group, Beyond Running.” said Tilden, and a few years later the running club, “Will Run For Craft Beer” was born.
“I have made some very good old and new friends here,” said Tilden. The community aspect runs deep in this running club. Tilden, who is one of the admins of the Facebook group, “Will Run for Craft Beer,” makes it a point to help you celebrate your birthday with balloons, fun party decoration, and treats. They are provided for the running group, usually by the person whose birthday it is.
Mark Knutson, who puts on the Fargo Marathon, has offered to sponsor this club, by making pint glasses and T-shirts. Runners obtain these items by participating in 3-6 runs.
The idea is to run as much or as little as you want, have a free beer, and socialize with others. “The Exercise is great, it gets you out of the house, but the people are why I come back,” said Jenna Flom, WRFCB member since June 2017.
“You form a lot of friendships within the running club and you almost feel like you’re letting them down, as much as you’re letting yourself down, if you don’t come back week after week.”
No matter the season you will find at least 15-20 runners. “During the summer months there are more than 50 runners in the taproom,” said Pedersen, beertender.
After each run a group picture is taken and added to their Facebook page. The Facebook page has over 400 active members, myself included, that contribute to the group whether it is joining in on the running or supporting those who do.
“If I don’t post the picture by noon, the day after the run, people think I am dead,” joked Tilden.
This group has brought people together from all over the Fargo-Moorhead area especially those who like craft beer. A special treat for those who run on Tuesdays is FBC’s Tuesday infusions. This is where each week, FBC choose a beer on tap and infuses with various foods and spices — as if there wasn’t already enough of a reason to get to FBC on Tuesdays.
Runners can participate in the early run, which starts at 5:30, and they run for about two miles. Or they can come at 6 o’clock and run any distance they prefer. Participants can walk, jog, run or skip. It doesn’t matter what they do as long as they are being active. It is not uncommon to see furry four-legged friends along for the run, as they make great running partners, and are welcome in the brewery.
If you are interested in participating in the running group it is simple, show up to Fargo Brewing Company any Tuesday ready to run and join in on the fun, no registration required.
(Krissy Ness is a senior majoring in multimedia journalism at MSUM. She is from Ada, Minnesota and is a freelance writer for The Good Life Men’s Magazine, photographer for MSUM Campus News, and really enjoys craft beer. Contact her at email@example.com)