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What is the Chug-A-lug?

The Chug-A-Lug is a 5-mile 5-bar fun run through downtown Detroit neighborhoods. We stop and hang out for about 45 minutes at each bar, have a drink, and move on to the next one. We've been growing every year and we had almost 150 people join us last year. 

If it sounds like a physical challenge, it is. If it sounds impossible, it isn't. Don't let the length intimidate you. There is no pressure to run a certain speed, and we spend a lot of time resting up at the bars. If you can comfortably run a couple miles, and enjoy working out, you can do it!

Must be 21 or older to participate.

What do I need to bring?

Bring cash for each bar and valid license. Remember the goal is to buy 5 drinks total! 

What do I get if I win?

This is not a race; we are all winners. So we all get the 5 beers and the memory of being a part of the Chug-A-Lug. 

How does this work exactly?

Everyone should stick together. When at the bar, listen for the signal which means 5 minutes left. It will sound again when we are leaving. Each person is responsible for providing the bars with proper identification and paying for your own beer. 

Our "expert" recommendation: Get a group of 5 together and each person buy a round during the day! 

Keep it Classy Detroit

We hope all participants complete the challenge but make sure to put safety first. This is not an official run, no medics or roped off courses. It is a group of friends running, you are responsible for your own actions and decisions. Stay hydrated, eat if you would like, and have fun. 

What does this have to do with Champions Day?

Governor Fitzgerald urged citizens "to pay tribute to the heroes of the sport world who have brought honor and glory to the State and Detroit." We want Champions' Week to celebrate everyone bringing glory to the city, including the residents and local business owners. 

The theme is to show your Detroit pride, wear a jersey, t-shirt, or costume that you want in order to honor as we continue the sport-tradition with a real challenge in a 5 mile run.

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