The Fishtown Beer Runners began with two friends on a run, discussing studies that were done in Spain with exercise and beer. After giving it a try, they decided they needed to share that experience, and the Beer Runners were born. Every week they run to a different bar and conclude the exercise with a craft beer or two.
What started as a personal tragedy for David became a search for positive ways to heal himself. Running was his medicine, and ultimately grew into a community where people support and encourage the success of others. There is no judgement, only complete acceptance. As David says before every run, "Get to the bar, no questions asked." It's all about setting your own goals, whether it's just to get off the couch and move, drop some pounds, meet new people, or run a marathon. The group is also dedicated to community service projects, volunteering for charity events, and raising money for non profit organizations.
The movement grew to the point where the Spanish Brewers Association launched a major campaign based on the Fishtown Beer Runners, involving beer runs all over the country. David was invited to lead runs in Spain, which is where a large part of this story takes place.
In April, the Beer Runners are going to Spain to do beer runs in Madrid and Granada, and meet with the professor responsible for the studies, Dr. Manuel Castillo-Garzon of the University of Granada. I need to go to Spain to finish the documentary, learn more about the science behind beer running and to see the Medical School at the University of Granada where the research about exercise and alcohol continues. I will also talk with experts about the science behind beer running and document the beer runners as they take part in a new study about alcohol and exercise. This is a rare (perhaps the only) opportunity to film the beer runners working with the professor.
This Kickstarter is to contribute to the expenses of traveling to Spain, and finishing the documentary. The funds will go to paying for air fare and other transportation while I'm there, as well as lodging. If there is anything left over, it will be put towards post production and distribution of this film.
The goal is to make a documentary that inspires people in finding ways to enjoy getting active and healthy (like running to a bar and drinking a frosty pint). To take life's hard lessons and turn them into positive experiences. To push oneself to achieve the goals that seem insurmountable. To contribute to humanity, and be part of something bigger than the individual.
Risks and challenges
Once this project is funded, I don't foresee anything standing in the way of production. The only issue right now is affording the travel costs to get to Spain, and that's what the Kickstarter is for! I am completely confident that once I am in Spain I will be able to film more than enough content not only to complete this inspiring story, but do it creatively, and beautifully. Spain is a wonderful setting that lends itself to the visual medium, so I don't think that will be too difficult!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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