Now there’s a way to learn about our great city while also getting your run on.
Whether you’re looking for a guided route, a running partner or simply a change of pace, City Running Tours is the place to find it. Below, Tim Cigelske – aka The Beer Runner – tells us a bit about this brand-new Milwaukee business.
For people who are unfamiliar with City Running Tours, can you talk a bit about the business and what it offers?
The name basically says it all. Lots of cities offer walking tours, biking tours, bus tours or boat tours. This one just happens to involve running while sightseeing. City Running Tours has been around for nine years, and is now in 16 cities coast to coast, from San Francisco to Washington, DC.
How did you get the idea to bring City Running Tours to MKE?
I heard about City Running Tours when it first launched in New York, and I was one of its first customers when it came to Chicago. I’ve always had the idea of bringing it to Milwaukee in the back of my mind. I recently reconnected again with the owner over Twitter, and that spawned a conversation about launching the Milwaukee chapter. We now have multiple tour guides from the Milwaukee running community.
Who do you see using this type of service?
Obviously, this is a good way for tourists, conference attendees or business travelers to see a different side of the city when they’re traveling. But it’s also a way to learn a lot about your own backyard. I’ve lived in Milwaukee for nearly 15 years but learned new facts while prepping for the Milwaukee History Tour and the Brew City Heritage Tour. You see the city with new eyes and appreciate the story behind things like the duck statue on Wisconsin Avenue or how a park got its name, which you may otherwise pass by without noticing.
Do you see running while away from home as intimidating for people? If so, what are the hurdles and how can City Running Tours help make running while traveling easier?
Definitely. I used to work at a hotel and guests always came to me to find running paths or runner-friendly routes. But it’s still easy to get lost and turned around, or you’re too wrapped up in paying attention to where you’re going to appreciate your new surroundings. So this way you have a guide that takes care of devising your routes and showcasing the city while getting in your workout.
Why might even MKE natives want to try a service like City Running Tours?
To add to my previous answer, running tours are also good for group outings and get-togethers. You could tie into a bachelor or bachelorette party, workplace outing or happy hour for tours that end at the beer garden or Sprecher Brewery. You and your friends get to earn your beer.
Can you tell us a bit about the Group Running Tours? How did you select the routes? What should participants expect concerning paces, etc?
I started using my own favorite routes after nearly 15 years of running around Milwaukee. I use running to explore places myself. Based on popular tours in other cities, the beer and history tours were a no-brainer. I also wanted to showcase our lakefront and the totally underrated river trails. We cater to any jogging pace and offer multiple tour guides for larger groups. I’m always open to new tour ideas if anyone has them for me!
What should people know about the Personalized Running Tours?
It’s like having your own personal running coach, if your coach happens to share interesting tidbits about the city while running. A guide meets you and leads you 1-on-1 on a tour personalized for you. This is a popular option for business travelers or those on a schedule who want to customize their distance, pace and location.
Can you tell us a bit about the corporate and social sightrunning options?
The corporate events provide the customization that the personal tours offer, but on a larger scale. Conferences or business outings can choose their themes, days, starting times, etc and have multiple tour guides host them.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Tim! City Running Tours sounds like a great addition to the city and we look forward to trying one of the tours!
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