'Pub Runners' Group Chases Late-Morning Jogs With Early Happy Hours

By Meredith Hoffman on November 22, 2013 8:10am 

 The Pub Runners meet each Tuesday at 11 a.m. for a run and happy hour.
The Pub Runners meet each Tuesday at 11 a.m. for a run and happy hour.
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Pub Runners

WILLIAMSBURG — When bartender and restaurant manager Rebecca Rock started training for her first marathon, she couldn't find a single running group that accommodated her schedule.

"Those of us in the restaurant industry can't meet to run in Central Park at 7 a.m.," said Rock, who works at Hell's Kitchen Restaurant in Midtown.

To find running buddies and help her fellow service industry workers, she and another bartender started the Pub Runners club, a new group that takes midday jogs together and caps them off with a visit to a watering hole for a very early happy hour.

"Pub Runners are we who run, who pub and who run the pubs," said Rock, 31.

The group meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday mornings at the Bedford Avenue coffee shop El Beit. They run around McCarren Park or elsewhere in North Brooklyn, and then land at a watering hole for food and drinks, Rock said.

Members need not be bartenders or restaurateurs — or even have any running experience, she said.

"We want no runner to be left behind," she said. "This is probably the least intimidating group there is."

The Pub Runners may keep an easy pace, but they're already prepping for their first race together.

For more information about the Pub Runners, visit their website.

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