Date
23 October 2017
The Beer Run includes a beer carnival on race day and special activities such as yoga and live band. Photo: RunOurCity/Facebook
The Beer Run includes a beer carnival on race day and special activities such as yoga and live band. Photo: RunOurCity/Facebook

Health department warns against beer run

Doctors have warned against jogging while drinking beer, a new gimmick raised by social enterprise RunOurCity, organizer of the Hong Kong Streetathon, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

RunOurCity announced details of an upcoming run, called Beer Run, outside the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on Nov. 4, and said the new event is sponsored by several beer producers.

Andes Leung, chief executive and and co-founder of RunOurCity, a social enterprise aimed at transforming life through street runs, said the beer element was added to entice Hongkongers to run in a fun way.

The Beer Run will be held over is 1.6 km. There will be individual races and 4×400-meter relays. Participants will have to drink up a 330 ml. glass of beer upon finishing a lap of 400 meters, or four glasses of beer in completing the race.

The Department of Health said people should refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages while exercising, as alcohol is a diuretic and could lead to dehydration.

Meanwhile, alcohol could also affect the central nervous system, slowing down the processing of information, as well as responses, coordination, accuracy and balance, thus making the runner more prone to accidents and heat stroke.

Hong Kong Medical Association President Dr. Choi Kin said while drink-running is not against the law, it will affect one’s concentration and increase the risk of falls and collision with other runners.

According to Apple Daily, beer runs were first held in Canada in the 1990s and the idea was replicated and flourished in Europe and the US, with open competitions of varying scales and even world records.

There will be a beer carnival on race day, with special activities such as yoga and live band, Leung said.

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