Fishtown running club meets virtually to raise money for bars

The Fishtown Beer Runners are using virtual meetups to raise money for the bars they would normally visit after runs.
Photo credit David April
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The pandemic has forced running groups to change how they meet up, but one local club figured out how to keep one of their group running traditions alive while also helping others in the process.

For years, the Fishtown Beer Runners have trekked through the streets of their namesake Philadelphia neighborhood every Thursday evening for a fun run.

“After a run, we all enter a bar, socialize. and we raise a toast,” said founder David April.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the group to halt their mass runs and physical gatherings. But April says it hasn’t stopped the spirit of their team.

“The runners are still running. We still gather, but we gather virtually,” he explained. 

April says over the years, their group has raised tens of thousands of dollars for different organizations and charities, and during this time, they want to support the bars where they would normally have a post run drink.

So during their virtual post run meetups, group members donate what would be their tips or tabs to select bars.

“And then we turn it over to the bar to help them with their financial needs,” April said. 

April adds this may be a very different way for the group to bond, but it's helping them make it through the pandemic.

“Whether it's physically being together, or virtually and emotionally being together, we can still have camaraderie and we can still do the thing we love to do,” he said.