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Fiona Harris

Founder · Canberra Beer Runners Club
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My name is Fiona and I’m the founder of Canberra Beer Runners Club. I had a bit of a tough year in 2016. I was working in the APS in a job that I didn’t like. I had bought a gym membership but I wasn’t going to the gym. I weighed 10 more kilos than I do now. To top it off, my beautiful mother in law lost her battle with cancer in January this year. One day I looked at myself honestly in the mirror and thought. “This is not who I want to be.”

So….I started going to the gym, running on the treadmill and feeling so fantastic afterwards. I started to research what happens when we exercise, particularly when we run. When you run, Endorphins and Dopamine are released by your brain into your body. These are basically free happy drugs. Also, your heart is pumping, your whole body is moving. It’s a natural high.

Around the same time, I was talking to some of my friends. They are interesting, healthy people who like a laugh and a beer. They told me how bloody hard it is to meet new people in Canberra! I read about beer running overseas and soon after that, I created Canberra Beer Runners Club.

Our club combines running with the responsible consumption of alcohol in a friendly, and inclusive environment.
We are a social fitness club that is non competitive, non judgemental, and anyone can join from experienced runners to people who are just starting their fitness journey. Best of all, it’s FREE to come to one of our events!

I’m so inspired by the people who turn up to our events. They are the most interesting, genuine people that you could ever hope to meet. It feels awesome to run with such a positive and a supportive group of people!
All of us come to Canberra Beer Runners Club to meet new people, have a chat, drink a few beers and get fit along the way.

We meet several times a month and meet in different areas around Canberra. We gather for a fun group warm up and then run for 1.5 to 3 kms at an easy pace to one of Canberra’s local pubs or breweries for a beer or two.

Our events attract all different kinds of people, which I love. Our team is made up of Craft Beer enthusiasts, Marathon runners, Fit people, people just starting on their fitness journey, runners who are healing from physical injuries, walkers and even non-drinkers. We are an inclusive group. Everyone is welcome!

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