UPDATE: Because Mother Nature is hateful and apparently has no interest for running in the month of May, Flying Dog has postponed Sprint for Spat until June 12. From the Flying Dog website:

If you have tickets, you have options:

  1. Clear your calendar on June 12 for minimal physical exertion and maximum craft beer deliciousness.
  2. Donate the cost of your ticket to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, which is 100% tax deductible.
  3. Put your ticket back in the pot and receive a full refund from MissionTix. Refunds must be requested by Sunday, May 15 at noon to be processed.

Don’t have tickets? Don’t delay. We will sell out and do not get any sick pleasure out of telling you we told you so. SprintForSpat.com: $25 gets you admission, a race t-shirt and a 0.10K bumper sticker.

To request that the cost of your ticket be donated to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, contact averil@ulmanfund.org. To request a refund, contactsupport@missiontix.com.

Running, like everything else in this godforsaken new millennium, is a way that you can subtly one-up co-workers, friends, spouses, and strangers you meet at house parties whose names you don't care to catch. Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery, however, wants to add another dimension to the act of the race: providing another excuse for day drinking that doesn't involve brunch. On May 1 June 12, join them at Fell's Point Square in Baltimore (take the MARC, it's easy) for Sprint for Spat. This "race" is a 0.10K, or 100 meters, which means that even those of you who haven't laced up running shoes since your high school's infamous "cardio days" can probably manage it. Probably.

Once you get halfway down the 100 meter course, enjoy a Flying Dog Pearl Necklace oyster shooter. Then, once you've sufficiently recovered, meander on back. After that, enjoy "a variety of grilled and raw oysters from local Chesapeake oyster farmers including Rappahannock River Oysters, Madhouse Oysters, and True Chesapeake Oyster Co. will be available alongside Flying Dog beer, cocktails by George's Mixes and Finlandia vodka."

Tickets are $25, available now, and will sell out. 


All of this still not enough? How about the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that your feat of physical..baseline adequacy..will be benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

See you out there, you physical specimen, you.