The 2014 Beer Mile World Championships took place this week in Austin, Texas.
In the women’s race, the winner was Elizabeth Herndon, breaking the world record by 11 seconds, with a time of 6 minutes, 17 seconds! In the men’s race, the winner was Corey Gallagher, with a time of just over 5 minutes. There were also beer relays.
I recently wrote about the Beer Mile – see The Beer Mile – Drink 4 Cans of Beer and Run a Mile in 6 1/2 Minutes?. Essentially, the competition entails running four one-quarter mile laps around a track, beginning with chugging one can of beer, and one more can of beer between each lap.
I’m not sure if I could ever do this, but it is so fascinating to watch! I’m not sure I could chug a beer, let alone 4, and then run a mile. Maybe I could do it in 30 minutes? Maybe 20? But, I might puke, which, according to the official beer mile rules, would require running an extra lap! (see, NPR Article)
Here’s the video – enjoy!
If you are interested in learning more about the Beer Mile, this in-depth article on Yahoo Sports’ The Post Game entitled The Untold History of the Beer Mile might interest you.