Don’t Drink Light Beer

You’ve seen the commercials I’m sure. Fit endurance athletes, grinding out tough bike rides, swims, and runs then cracking open a nice cold… Michelob Ultra. No. Sorry. That just isn’t what the runners I know do, and the reason why isn’t just taste (but still it is mostly taste.) Michelob Ultra Commercial

Let’s consider what these commercials are suggesting. A runner does a grueling race or workout burning 700 or more calories in the process (not to mention the 200-300 post workout calorie burn) and then in the spirit of healthiness drinks a Michelob Ultra, a 95 calorie beer. That’s right, after all that hard work, the runner is going to reach for a tasteless bottle of carbonated light yellow water with a bit of alcohol.

Maybe that seems to make sense at first blush, after all, runners are a skinny bunch. But lets consider the value of drinking an ultra light beer compared to a nice robust lager. The most popular light or ultra light beers like Michelob Ultra or Miller Lite have 95 calories per 12 oz bottle. Really great lagers like Eliot Ness from Great lakes Brewing or Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery have 170-190 calories per bottle. So you can see right away, the light beer has way fewer calories than the real beer, almost half as many. But here is where it all goes wrong for the light beer. We are talking about a 95 calorie difference. When you factor in post workout calorie burn, that 95 calories equates to about 10 minutes of running. Who wouldn’t run another 10 minutes to avoid having to drink crappy beer? To put it another way, an hour long run is the calorie equivalent of 5 really good beers or 10 truly awful beers.

Who the hell wants to drink 10 really awful beers?

So here’s to not worry about the calories in your post run refreshment.

Josh, Mike, and Karyn after the Hartford Marathon enjoying some 171 calorie Harpoon Flannel Friday.


Hands back on


I’ve been very hands off with the Roadkill Racing website since moving out of Rochester about 2 years ago. But since I’ve been feeling the urge to do more writing, and because there has been very little activity on the site in the last 2 years I am going to begin taking a more active role in posting content.

I’m also going to do some redecorating as the site seems to be looking a bit messy lately. Please hang tight while I begin refreshing the sites and keep an eye out for riveting new content.

2nd Ever Roadkill Rash

The first Roadkill Rash was held in 2011. For six long years, we have waited, until the time was right, to hold another. Now, we can come together to compete in our very own quadrathlon to see who is the mightiest, the strongest, and the swiftest of all Roadkill Racing!

On Saturday, June 24th, the second ever Roadkill Rash will be held at 10am at Brighton High School track. Events are as follows:

  1. 2-mile run
  2. 200m dash
  3. long jump
  4. shot put

Top three in each event will be given 3, 2 and 1 point each. At the end of the day, the highest totalling male and female will win a prize and the glory of being the Roadkill Rash champion. In the event of a tie, the tied runners will arm wrestle for the victory.

In keeping with the spirit of the original Roadkill Rash, this event is free to all Roadkill Racing members, and no registration is needed. Just show up at the Brighton High School track on Saturday, June 24th before 10am to be counted.

Read about the original Roadkill Rash here (and don’t forget to watch the video!)

Membership changes, updates, and benefits!

We are excited to introduce some changes in the requirements for each member, as well as new team benefits.

1) As of 2017, members are not required to join USATF. If you want to run for Roadkill Racing, you only need to pay your membership dues. However, if you are not a USATF member, you cannot score for RKR in championship races (Lilac, Bergen, XC). Anyone who wants to run for us in those races still needs to register for USATF. As an incentive, the team will use winnings from these races to pay the race entry fee for the next championship race. So, if we win money at the Lilac 10K, we can use that to subsidize the entry fee at Bergen or whatever race we do next.

2) We are introducing an internal RKR race series, consisting of the USATF championship races that we do. The top three men and women registered with USATF in the series will win sweet prizes as well as bragging rights. Also, any Roadkill Racing member who runs at least 5 team races will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes as well.

3) Now that our beloved Kenny is tearing up the hills of Pittsburgh, we have a new open men’s captain. Please welcome the one and only Mark Streb as the new captain for the “young bucks” squad! As captain, he will be responsible for wrangling the open men for team races, hosting a few practices, and buying beer for anyone who beats him in races. 🙂

4) Workouts will be starting up the week of February 20th for the Lilac 10K, which is on Sunday, May 21st. As before, we encourage members to get together and run the workout with others. Even if you are doing your own workout, feel free to show up to have some company! Since many people had trouble committing to a dedicated day every week, we encourage you to find others who share your schedule and making plans amongst yourselves.

To summarize, you no longer need to be registered with USATF to run for Roadkill Racing, but being a USATF member enables you to score for us and win team prizes. Mark Streb is awesome, and team practices/workouts start soon! I hope to have another strong showing at Lilac this year; we have had teams place and win awards for the past several years! It is a great way to start off the year with a bang, although I do hope the weather is a little more pleasant this year.

As usual, we have a lot of people running Johnny’s Running of the Green on March 11th, so good luck and run tough to everyone who will be there! This is a fast, flat race with great competition and is a fantastic tune-up race before Lilac.