Tired of golf and curling? Those who are looking for a new kind of friendly competition will want to check out “The Green Mile,” a new event offering fans of beer and of running the chance to enjoy two of their favourite pursuits at the same time.
This first-time event will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. and will help kick off a year of celebrations of Smiths Falls’ Irish heritage.
The Green Mile will take place on a track inside the former Target and Zellers store at the County Fair Mall. Participants (who must be 19 or over) will be expected to drink one beer, run or walk 400 metres, and repeat the process three more times.
The Green Mile is a joint undertaking between the Urban Jungle Obstacle and Fitness Challenge, and 4 Degrees Brewing Company, which is in the process of opening a local brewery in the space formerly occupied by the Staples store at the County Fair Mall.
“It’s a fundraiser, and it’s something different,” said John Maloney of the Urban Jungle. Proceeds will be donated to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program, to the Food for Thought school breakfast program, and to support young people’s participation in the Urban Jungle.
Participants in the event will receive four 12-ounce glasses of True North of 7 beer from 4 Degrees Brewing, as well as food courtesy of C’est Tout Bakery. A non-alcoholic option (the “Milk Run”) is offered to non-drinkers. For the rest, Maloney said, “We’re going to be very careful. It’s going to be done in a very safe, controlled environment.”
Participants are encouraged to bring a driver. If not, drivers will be provided to take walkers and runners home after the event.
Some participants will walk the distance and others will try to run it. “We have some elite athletes coming who’ll do it in under six minutes,” said Maloney.
“It’s not a golf tournament or a bonspiel,” said Andrew Howard of 4 Degrees Brewing. “It’s something different.”
In a special added attraction, Masters strongman competitor Tim Norris will attempt a new world record for men over 50 by deadlifting a vehicle (a car or truck) 10 times. Norris, competing a bodyweight of 180, broke the Canadian and world bench press records in his category last year.
Live entertainment will be provided during the evening by the local band Poetic Justice.
Spectators (19 or older) will be able to come out and watch the races for a $10 entry fee, and beer will be available for spectators to purchase.
More than 60 participants had already signed up for the Green Mile, with only 100 spaces available. You can register for the event online at Events.com. Cost is $68 per runner.
“This event wouldn’t happen without 4 Degrees, Chris Saumure, and our other sponsors as well,” said Maloney.
Event sponsors include Hometown News, Canadian Tire, Andress Independent Grocer and Innovative Logic.
First published in March edition of Hometown News.