Our Funky Fun Run is “On Tap” as a featured summer beer run! We’re so happy you enjoy the weekly 5k and post-workout happy hour and are always looking forward to making new friends every week. Check out the feature video, and be sure to join us this and every Thursday!
Funky Fun Run
Where and when: 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Running Wild, 2563 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; RunningWild.com/Funky-Fun-Run
The course: Perhaps the most picturesque of the beer runs, runners depart from Running Wild, an athletic footwear store across the street from the Galleria Mall. The course then bends south along the breezy A1A drag and ends on the pool deck of the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). A Westin van then transports runners back to Running Wild.
The fun stuff: Westin’s hotel manager Bruce Roy started the Funky Fun Run after stopping by the shoe store, and hatched the running club with Running Wild owner Don Wennerstrom. Ashley Spurlock, the hotel’s spa and fitness director, organizes the Funky Fun Runs now, and says the club appeals as much to locals as hotel guests, who use the runs as a way to discover Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and restaurants.
“It’s a balance of the tranquil and the scenic,” Spurlock says of the Funky Fun Run. “You’re getting this fresh ocean air, and at the same time you’re getting into the heart of Fort Lauderdale.”
On average, 100 runners participate in weekly runs, which include a post-race pint of Funky Buddha beer on the Westin’s pool deck, along with fruit, nuts, water and sometimes back massages.