Situated along the Tennessee River and nestled among a portion of the Appalachian Mountains, the city of Chattanooga is beginning to boast an active community of runners and a growing reputation for their local craft beers. Thus, it’s only natural that one of the largest free social beer running clubs (with 16 locations across the nation), Running for Brews, has established a chapter in the Scenic City. In the past few years, the group has grown to a solid attendance of 30 to 40 runners weekly, gathering every Wednesday in front of the Brewhaus Bar at 7 p.m. From there they begin their 3-mile route across the world’s largest pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge, then cross Holmberg bridge and run along the Chattanooga River Walk before turning around just beyond the University of Tennessee’s practice football field and back to the bar where a cold brew awaits them.
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Photos: Ryan Gibson