Big Boss Run CLub
The Big Boss Run Club (BBRC) held its first group run back on May 10th, 2011. Organized by a group of friends with a shared passion for running and craft beer, Jon Odgers, Win Bassett, Greg Mulholland, and Ben Gaddy created what has become one of the most popular brewery supported run clubs in the Triangle. On Tuesday May 19th the club will celebrate its 4th anniversary with an official group run at 7pm followed by beers, raffles, and food truck options at the brewery. A group photo will be taken at 7pm on the patio in front of the brewery by the club’s local celebrity runner photographer Gary Franks. Everyone is asked to wear their BBRC shirts for the photo. Don’t worry if you don’t have a shirt yet. This run club is open to all runners of all levels. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Bulkogi Truck at Big Boss
A special beer release of Big Boss’s “Tail Wind” is also scheduled as part of the celebration. Tail Wind is an easy drinking, hoppy session ale brewed by run club organizer Jon Odgers and the Big Boss head brewer. Known as run club beer, it’s the only beer brewed for a run club by a runner. The event will feature several awesome guests that will be offering free raffles and discounts including:
- The 2015 Big Boss Run club sponsors Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh and Brooks Running
- U.S. National Whitewater Center
- Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and half marathon
- Race 13.1 Raleigh, NC – Spring half marathon
- 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
- Food from Bulkogi Truck, Taco Grande and Not Just Icing, Inc.
Big Boss Run Club – 4th Anniversary Party
Tuesday May 19, 2014
Group Run at 7pm
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/101272316871081/.
Arepa Culture NC Food Truck
The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to get outside! This past Sunday I took advantage of the nice day and paid a visit to the Big Boss Run Club. While there I had the pleasure of trying the food from the Arepa Culture food truck for the first time after my run. The truck serves “Arepas”- a gluten free corn based flat bread formed into a patty that is grilled, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. I enjoyed the “La Tica” which is an Arepa stuffed with shredded chicken, sauteed peppers & onions and melted cheese. It went great with a pint of Big Boss Angry Angel Kolsch.
They have several other Arepa offerings including ones with pulled pork bbq, shredded beef, chicken salad and avocado, and a caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato pesto and olive oil. It’s a great truck and I suggest checking them out if you are on the hunt for a great Arepa or the next time you are looking to try something new. Arepa Culture is very good about letting people know where they will be parked each day by posting their location on social media. You can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram to keep tabs on where they will be next.
This was the last Sunday run with the Big Boss Run Club as they transition back to Tuesday night runs at the brewery starting Tuesday March 17th at 7pm. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a fun social run club. It’s free and open to runners of all abilities. Routes offered include 3 and 5 mile options. After each weekly run there is usually a beer special offered by Big Boss with a select beer for just $3 a pint. Food trucks are regular visitors to the club as well.
Cheers to warmer weather!
The Upper Neuse Greenway
This past weekend I ventured out for a brisk Saturday morning run on the Neuse Greenway and used that time alone to reflect on the past year of running. Looking back, 2014 was a fun year of running. I completed my second half marathon in April running in the first inaugural Rock n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and achieved my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon finish in my second attempt at the City of Oaks Marathon in November. I even participated in the Sir Walter Miler event in August logging in my fastest single mile ever at 6 minutes 30 seconds. That may not be fast for some, but for me it was a huge accomplishment!
Big Boss Run Club
Along the way I made some great new running friends at my two favorite local run clubs, the Big Boss Run Club & the River Run Club and managed to explore many new parts of Raleigh as I trained on miles and miles of the city greenway system. My favorite stretches right now are the Upper Neuse Greenway from Falls Dam to the WRAL Soccer Park (6.5 Miles) and the trails leading from Shelly Lake all the way down to Meredith College (also about 6.5 miles).
Running in Raleigh On a Cold January Day
As I look ahead to 2015 I have my sights set on more modest running goals in the coming year, but I’m still looking forward to getting out there and logging some miles. I’ll be taking break from full marathons for a while instead focusing on shorter distances like the All American Half Marathon in Fayetteville in March and the Bull City Racefest in Durham in October. I also hope to finally break past the 1,000 mile mark in 2015 (a milestone that eluded me last year) and maybe take in a 10K or two. Whatever your running goals in the coming year, I hope you enjoy the journey and try a new running trail or two as you train for your next race. Maybe I’ll see you out there on the Greenway one weekend. Until then – run strong!
This week’s photo captures my three favorite things about hanging out at Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh. Great beer, good people, and food trucks! I like to run with the Big Boss Run Club each Tuesday at 7pm. After my three mile run it’s great to hangout with fellow runners at the brewery and enjoy a pint. My current favorite Big Boss selection is the High Roller IPA. On Tuesdays the Deli-icious Food truck is usually on hand with healthy sandwiches and sides including several vegetarian options. Whether you are training for an upcoming race or just looking to get some exercise and meet new people, Tuesday nights at Big Boss are a great way to get started.
Not Just Icing Cupcakes
Watch out Raleigh! This Tuesday, August 5th I’ll be working alongside local food truck blogger Art aka The Wandering Sheppard on the Not Just Icing cupcake food truck at Big Boss Brewing Company (249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh). The truck will be at the brewery from 5-8pm and we will be baking/selling several different flavors of cupcakes. That’s right, the cupcakes are made right on the truck! This will not only be a lot of fun since it will be my first time working on a food truck, but it will also help raise money for a great local cause. Not Just Icing will donate one dollar for every four pack of cupcakes sold and all tips Art & I earn that night will be donated to Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. So come on out and put us to work! Buy a cupcake or two and stick around for the Big Boss Run Club – the club meets at 7pm and runners of all levels are welcome.
The Not Just Icing Truck
About Not Just Icing
Not Just Icing is a mobile cupcakery (they bake everything on the truck) committed to providing made from scratch, baked fresh daily scrumptious treats throughout the Triangle area. Their cupcakes are made using all-natural ingredients like butter instead of oils and real fruit instead of fruit flavored extracts. You won’t find any preservatives in their cupcakes, so they are best eaten the day you buy them. You can find them at food truck events around the Triangle. They can also be booked for private events and make custom orders for any occasion. To find out where they will be next visit their online calendar here.