Beer and Running — Perfect Together!
“I just felt like running.”
While most of us don’t have the running inclination that Forrest Gump had — he really felt like running — but for the rest of us, those of us who only want to run, say, 13.1 miles, the Cape May Running Company is there for you.
Cape May Running Company is the premier source for all things running-related in Cape May County. They’ve been serving the area’s runners at their storefront in downtown Cape May since last May, offering gear, support, and coaching.
And this summer, we’ve joined forces to sponsor the races held by Cape May Running Company, including the Murph Mile and the Hallowed Half.
Between co-owners Mike Mader and Harry Back, they estimate that they’ve run over 500 races combined. Mike started running ten years ago at age 38, and has since clocked about 200 road races, over 75 triathlons, multiple full Ironman distance events, and seven consecutive Boston Marathons. Harry was a long-time college professor teaching running and triathlon courses as well as coaching multi-sport athletes. According to Mike, Harry “has many more years, more marathons, and more races, along with the Boston Marathons to his credit.”
“Mike and I strive to excel in everything that we do,” says Harry, “and our goal is to build a strong, cohesive running community. Our staff at the shop is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and willing help everyone who enters our store.”
They organize group runs from their shop at 305B Beach Avenue in downtown Cape May, as well as oversee three of Cape May’s races: the Great Cape May Footrace, the Murph Mile, and the Hallowed Half. They are also the sole running vendor for DelmoSports running events, including the Mudhen Half Marathon race weekend in April and the Crest Best 5- and 10-mile races in October.
Held on Mother’s Day Weekend, the Great Cape May Footrace is a competitive 5K and 10K. Now in its 39th year, this race was originally organized by the Cape Chamber of Commerce. Harry and Mike took over the race in 2017.
However, this is the first year for the Hallowed Half. Appropriately held Halloween weekend, this race winds itself through downtown Cape May, the Emlen Physick Estate, down through Cape May Point, through West Cape May, and finally up Beach Ave.
“Our goal is to make it a fun race,” says Harry, “but it lends itself to be a fast race for those looking for a fast course to run in their tune-up for a fall marathon.”
Now in its fifth year, the Murph Mile is held as a fundraiser for the Clete Cannone Scholarship Fund, which gives yearly scholarships to current or past lifeguards of the Cape May Beach Patrol or their children.
“I created the race in the memory of a friend Kevin Murphy who lost his battle with depression,” Harry says. “Kevin was a former Cape May Lifeguard with me, and at the time of his passing he was an Atlantic City Fireman.”
We’re joining forces with Cape May Running Company to sponsor those three races and have scheduled three events in our Tasting Room to support the runners in these events: a Training Plan event on Thursday, September 13, a Nutrition Plan event on Thursday, September 27, and a Race Day Preparation event on Thursday, October 11.
“The purpose of these events is to help those who are registered for the Hallowed Half feel comfortable with their training, nutrition, and rest going into the race,” Harry tells us. “We feel that there are a lot of first-time half-marathoners who have run before but without any guidance on how to do it right.”
In addition to the personalized guidance you’ll receive at these events, we’ll have a special runner’s flight and a group run prior to the event where you’ll be able to pick Harry and Mike’s brains about anything running-related.
We’re looking forward to this partnership. We love to be a good neighbor to a good neighbor, and Cape May Running Company is quickly building a reputation as a good neighbor to runners throughout the area.
“Partnering with CMBC was high on our list,” Harry says, “as running and beer go hand in hand. Keeping it local is a high priority for us and we see the same thing in CMBC.”
“We hope that our partnership with CMBC is long-term,” Harry says, “and that we can continue to grow together.”
Very much agreed, Harry!
For more information on the Cape May Running Company — as well as on upcoming group runs, deals on merchandise, and more information about upcoming races — see their website at capemayrunning.co.
Or, swing by the Tasting Room for any of the events! See you soon!