Shmaltz Brewery Hosted A Beer Mile To Raise Money For Local Amputee

Photo: Peter R. Barber

The Capital Region has a very strong running community. Every year there are races and events that draw tens of thousands of runners. Some of the big races include the Troy Turkey Trot, Ellis Medicine’s Cardiac Classic, CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, and the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k.


For local running legend Pat Glover, running has been his life.

I first met Pat when I was at Shenendehowa high school running for our cross country and track teams, his son Jaime was also on the team. Pat has invested over 40 years of his life into the running community around the Capital Region. You’ve probably seen him running around, or seen him officiating an event. He’s even been inducted into the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club Hall of Fame.

To our dismay, Pat’s life got flipped upside down this summer when he needed emergency surgery, doctors had to amputate his right leg above his knee.


The road to recovery has been difficult, his weekly hours of physical therapy have been demanding. Pat is currently working to adapt to his new prosthetic leg and the handcycle he acquired so he could still get around town.

So in honor of Pat and his new chapter in life, Shmaltz Brewery runners faced off in a Beer Mile…The concept? Runners run a mile course while stopping every quarter mile to drink a beer. That’s the type of mile we like here at Two Buttons Deep.

Over a hundred runners showed up, the beer mile raised $4,000 for Glover. Part of the proceeds will help Pat get a running blade so he can get back to the hobby that he loves.

This was no backyard race either. Pat’s longtime friend Bob Underwood lent his road racing timer equipment making this race official incase anybody was to beat the Beer Mile world record of 4 minutes and 34 seconds…my fastest mile was 4:28, that’s only six seconds slower than me and chugging 4 beers in-between!

Hats off to Shmaltz Brewery for hosting a great event. I’m glad to be apart of this community, help someone who has done so much for all of us, all while going two buttons deep in the process.


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