“Born 2 Run Beer” Launched by VT’s Whetstone Craft Beers on “Marathon Monday”
Proceeds from Sales of the New Brew Will Support The Born To Run Foundation
(From left to right: Femita Ayanbeku, Noelle Lambert, David Hiler, courtesy of The Born to Run Foundation)
(Boston) April 19, 2021 – The Born to Run Foundation announced today that the new “Born 2 Run” craft beer, made by Whetstone Craft Beers of Brattleboro, VT is now available. Proceeds from sales of the “Born 2 Run” beer will support the Foundation’s mission of providing specialized athletic prostheses to amputees to help them lead active lives.
The Born to Run Foundation founder Noelle Lambert and Whetstone Craft Beers co-founder David Hiler made the ceremonial announcement of the beer launch today, traditionally Marathon Monday, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Copley Square along with Femita Ayanbeku, foundation board member and paralympian. The Boston Marathon has been moved to October 11th due to the pandemic.
Hiler, of Brattleboro, VT, an avid marathon runner and snowboarder, ran in the 2016 Boston Marathon prior to his amputation. He lost his left leg above the knee in January 2020 due to a malignant sarcoma isolated to his knee. He made the decision to amputate so he could continue to live an active and athletic life. While being fitted for his prosthesis at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. in Manchester, NH, he met Lambert who introduced him to the Foundation. Hiler wanted to do something to give back to the amputee community so he came up with the idea to have the Whetstone Craft Brewery create a special beer to support The Born to Run Foundation.
“Born 2 Run beer is created for those who rise above expectations, overcome adversity and move beyond limitations. Here’s to all of us who won’t be denied that we were Born 2 Run.,” said Hiler. Hiler received a running blade from The Born to Run Foundation in November 2020.
“Being at the Boston Marathon Finish Line to announce the launch of the Born 2 Run beer is an exciting day for the Foundation,” said Noelle Lambert. “So many things have changed over the past year due to the pandemic, including the Marathon, but what hasn’t changed is the need for running blades, swimming legs and artificial arms for the countless amputees who want to lead active lives. Whetstone’s support will mean that we can donate more prostheses and increase our impact on the amputee community. I am also looking forward to seeing David run in a future Boston Marathon.”
After Lambert’s accident, she received a donation of a prosthetic swimming leg from the Heather Abbott Foundation. Heather Abbott was a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Lambert was also comforted by other victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing while recovering from her amputation.
“Born 2 Run” beer is a Blood Orange Gose: a tart, thirst- quenching ale made with sea salt and coriander, blended with the refreshing juice of blood oranges to make for a low ABV craft beer that can be crushed after a long run. The “Born 2 Run” brew is now available at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, at stores throughout Vermont and in Massachusetts.
The Born to Run Foundation was founded by Noelle Lambert, 23 of Manchester, NH, who lost her leg in a moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016. She is a former Division 1 college athlete who played lacrosse at the UMass Lowell and established the foundation to help amputees obtain specialized athletic prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives. Recently, Noelle was named the National “Women of Worth” honoree in the 2020 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth recognition where she was chosen from thousands of nominations for the impact she and The Born to Run Foundation have made.
Noelle is a member of the U.S. Paralympic team and is currently training for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo in the 100-meter race in Track and Field. On November 13, 2019, Noelle set a new U.S. record at the World Paralympic Championship games in Dubai running the 100-meter in 16.31 seconds.
About The Born to Run Foundation
The Born to Run Foundation was established to help young amputees obtain specialized prosthetic devices so that they can live fulfilling lives. Founder Noelle Lambert of Manchester, New Hampshire, created the foundation after she lost a leg in a moped accident in 2016. As an athlete herself and former Division 1 college lacrosse player at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Noelle wanted to ensure that young amputees who cannot afford costly athletic prosthetics have the opportunity to have an active lifestyle.