Boise's Crawl Around Downtown isn't a citywide marathon open only to babies. Here, "crawl" means one of few chances to combine drinking with a worthwhile cause. The annual pub crawl might sound like a booze-a-thon, but it's really more of a fundraiser disguised as a pub crawl.
Andrea Courtney and her husband started the Crawl Around Downtown—now in its fourth year—to promote awareness and benefit research for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization that researches treatments for the life-limiting genetic disorder affecting tens of thousands worldwide.
Crawlers check in at the Pioneer Building between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The cost of participating in the crawl includes eight drink tickets, which 21-and-older crawlers can exchange for 6-ounce beers or 3-ounce glasses of wine. Advanced registration costs $40, but the price jumps to $50 for those who wait until the day of the event to sign up.
Surprisingly, the crawl is family friendly: Those who choose not to booze can exchange the ticket for a soda at each location. Restaurants include The Piper Pub and Grill, Bardenay, Solid, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, Ha'Penny, Taphouse, The Red Headed Finn Pub and Wiseguy Pizza Pie.
Some of the pubs will be making additional donations to fund cystic fibrosis research with the purchase of certain appetizers. Details about those food items will given to participants the morning of the crawl.
Crawlers receive a Crawl Around Downtown T-shirt, a map of locations and their drink tickets at check-in Saturday morning. While crawling takes place noon to 5 p.m., individual crawlers decide the route. If you get lost, just look for other T-shirted crawlers all bending an elbow.