Texas town to host charity 0.5km run complete with free beer and doughnut station


If you’re more likely to take part in a course of pub golf than press-ups, this could be the sporting event for you.

Described as “the running event for the rest of us” a team of “underachievers” in Boerne, Texas, have organised the town’s first annual 0.5km run for local charity Blessing in a Backpack – an organisation that provides food for underprivileged children at weekends, when they’re not in school to receive free lunches.

Taking place on 5 May, the 0.5km run is expected to take participants approximately 10 minutes to complete and, despite the short distance, it will still include the usual trappings of a professional race including a fitness instructor to ensure runners stretch properly, decimal point markings and a medical tent.

But, that’s not all. Unlike an “overachiever” race, this one also gives its participants a host of incentives to make it to the end.

As part of their $25 (£18) entry free, runners will be given a t-shirt, a glossy sticker, a finish line photo and a medal.

The best part though? The race starts and finishes with a free pint of beer, while the halfway point offers a much-needed pit stop complete with complementary coffee and doughnuts. 

If running 0.5km sounds a little too gruelling for your liking though, there is the VIP option. 

Here, you simply pay double the entry free and get chauffeured to the finish line with beer and an even bigger medal than those who decided to run.

The sad news is if you’re just reading about this now you’re going to have to wait until next year to participate as the run has already reached sign-up capacity.