Beer mile

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Beer mile competitors at the starting line
Competitors drink one can of beer before each of four laps of the 400m track

A beer mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) drinking race combining running and speed drinking. Typically, the race takes place on a standard 400-metre or 1/4-mile running track. The race begins at the 1-mile starting line with the consumption of a 12-US-fluid-ounce (355 ml) beer, followed by a full lap around the track. The second lap continues in a similar manner; another 12-ounce beer is consumed before commencing the running of the second lap. This process is repeated for the next two laps. Following the completion of the fourth running lap (and four beers), a competitor has finished the race.

In North America, 12 US ounces of beer are consumed from a can or bottle before every lap. A set of rules has been defined and published by BeerMile.com.[1]

The current world record holder is Canadian Corey Bellemore, who won his third world title on October 23, 2021, with a time of 4:28.1.[2] He broke his own record of 4:33.6, which he set in San Francisco in 2017.[3]

History[edit]

In 1997, Seanna Robinson, a resident of Toronto, set the female beer mile record at an event held in Hamilton, Ontario.[4] Her time of 6:42.0 stood as the women's world record until 2014, when Chris Kimbrough, a 44-year-old mother of six, ran the beer mile in 6:28.6.[5]

James Nielsen was the first participant to break the five-minute barrier in 2014.[6] Since then, the record has been lowered a handful of times by runners from all over the world.

2014[edit]

In 2014, the inaugural Beer Mile World Championship was held in Austin, Texas. The men's race was won by Canadian Corey Gallagher with a time of 5:00.23.[7] In the women's race, American Beth Herndon set a new world record with a time of 6:17.8.[8]

2015[edit]

On July 30, 2015, Australian Josh Harris (4:56.2) broke James Nielsen's world record. Harris became the second man to break the 5 minute barrier. The record lasted less than 12 hours. By the end of the day, Lewis Kent of Canada ran a 4:55.78.[9] On August 12, the last four world record holders competed against each other for the first time.[10] Canadian Jim Finlayson, another former world record holder, finished third overall, behind Kent and American Brian Anderson.

Canada won the men's Kingston Cup. Nielsen was disqualified for excessive spillage. Nielsen's disqualification was the deciding factor in the Canadian men's victory, turning the 10–11 American victory into a 10–11 Canadian win. The American women won the Queens cup, with Caitlin Judd, Chris Kimbrough and Lindsay Harper taking the top 3 spots.[11] The 2nd Annual FloTrack Beer Mile World Championship was held in Austin, Texas on December 1, 2015. Kent set a new world record with a time of 4:47.17 and Gallagher finished with a time of 4:48.62.[12]

2016[edit]

On July 31, 2016, Canadian Corey Bellemore broke the world record in London with a time of 4:34.35.[13] Dale Clutterbuck finished second, breaking the European record with a time of 4:47:39 and Lewis Kent finished fourth in 5:11.[13] Canada won the men's team champion, and the North American women beat the European English team for the Queen's cup. The women's race was won by Erin O'Mara, with the British and European record going to Polly Keen of England.[14][15]

2017[edit]

The third annual classic was held again in London in 2017, with the American men winning the first three positions to take home the Kingston Cup. All three American men were current or former American record holders, with Chris Robertson winning over Dale Clutterbuck. Garrett Cullen earned the silver, and Brandon Shirk earned the bronze for the second straight year. Bryony Pearce was the winner, after Allison Grace Morgan and Laura Riche were disqualified, making England the winner of the Queens Cup.

On October 28, 2017, Corey Bellemore broke his own record in San Francisco with a time of 4:33.6[16] The event had the largest crowd for a beer mile with an estimated attendance of 6200. Bellemore's performance likely would have been faster, but he had to move out to lane 3 each lap due to soccer benches in the first 2 lanes [17]

2018[edit]

Dale Clutterbuck was the official winner with a time of 4:50.[18][19] Three runners were disqualified, including the previous year's winner Corey Bellemore, after race officials measured the remaining liquid in the cans and bottles of the 20 competitors.[18] According to Patrick Butler of Beermile.com, four US fl oz (120 ml) is the maximum amount allowed left over.[18] Bellemore was disqualified for one-half US fl oz (15 ml) more than the permitted amount.[19][20]

Defunct race series[edit]

Two national race series emerged and quickly folded, the Brew Mile[21] and the National Beer Mile.[22] By the end of 2016, neither race series was solvent,[citation needed] with the National Beer Mile closing operations under dubious circumstances.[23]

In 2017, the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships also ceased to exist.

Other races involving alcohol[edit]

Kastenlauf[edit]

Kastenlauf (short for "Bierkastenlauf", literally "beer crate running"), Kistenlauf, Bierlauf, Bierkastenrennen (literally crate-running, beer crate-running, or equivalents), Bier-Rallye, or Bierathlon, is a drinking sport in the German-speaking countries Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is a race among teams that consist of two people carrying a crate of beer, all of which must be consumed prior to crossing the finish line. The route can be anywhere from 5 to 20 kilometres (3.1 to 12.4 mi) long.[24]

Marathon du Médoc[edit]

The Marathon du Médoc, held in Bordeaux every September, is a marathon through the vineyards of Médoc during which competitors sample 23 different wines as they go. It has been described as "the world's longest, booziest, race"[25] as well as the "world's most idiotic marathon".[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Complete Beermile.com Standard Beer Mile Ruleset". Beer Mile.
  2. ^ "Canada's Corey Bellemore breaks own beer mile world record". Beer Mile. 24 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Canada's Corey Bellemore breaks world beer mile record". Canadian Running Magazine. 24 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  4. ^ Radley, Scott (3 December 2014). "Raise a glass, no a can, for Seanna". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  5. ^ Wade, Alison (5 November 2014). "44-Year-Old Mother of Six Shatters Beer Mile World Record". Runner's World. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  6. ^ Official Beer Mile World Record: 4:57 by James Nielsen on YouTube
  7. ^ Mack, Gordon (December 4, 2014). "2014 Beer Mile World Championship - Men's Race (Gallagher wins in 5:00.23)". Flo Track. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Mack, Gordon (December 4, 2015). "2014 Beer Mile World Championship - Women's Race (Herndon sets World Record 6:17.76)". Flo Track. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Steele, Lauren (August 10, 2015). "Beer Mile World Record Broken Twice in Less Than 24 Hours". Men's Journal. Archived from the original on August 13, 2015.
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  11. ^ Bachelor, Blane (August 24, 2015). "Canadian Men, American Women Dominate Beer Mile World Classic". Runner's World.
  12. ^ Huebsch, Tim (December 17, 2016). "Corey Bellemore dominates FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships". Canadian Running.
  13. ^ a b "2016 World Beer Mile Classic Fast Heat - Corey Bellemore World Record 4:34". Trackie TV.
  14. ^ "The Bad Boy Running Podcast: Ep29 - The Beer Mile vs The Great British Beerathon". badboyrunningpodcast.com. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Bachelor, Blane (August 1, 2016). "New Beer Mile World Record set in London". Runner's World.
  16. ^ Corey Bellemore sets new Beer Mile World Record: 4:33.6 on YouTube
  17. ^ Taekema, Dan (November 4, 2014). "This Windsor runner can chug beer and complete a mile faster than anyone else in the world". CBC News.
  18. ^ a b c Meschke, Jacob (August 13, 2018). "Corey Bellemore Finishes Beer Mile First—Then Gets DQ'ed for Not Drinking Enough". Runner's World.
  19. ^ a b Bruner, Raisa (August 20, 2018). "Record-Setting Runner Disqualified for Not Drinking Enough Beer". Time. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  20. ^ Rense, Sarah (August 22, 2018). "This Year's Beer Mile World Record Holder Was Disqualified for Not Drinking Enough Beer". Esquire. Archived from the original on August 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Cigelske, Tim. "Brew Mile starts race series". Draft Mag.
  22. ^ "National Beer Mile Releases 2016 Event Dates". Mason Jar Media. January 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Callaway, Jackie (January 19, 2017). "Beer run event canceled without notice, would be runners want to know what happened to refunds". ABC Action News (WFTS, Tampa Bay.
  24. ^ Harding, Ingo (August 5, 2013). "Polizei statt Spaß zum Vatertag am Schlachtensee?". Der Tagesspiegel (in German).
  25. ^ Lane, Vicky (17 September 2014). "The Marathon du Médoc: running the world's longest, booziest, race". Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  26. ^ Smith, Oliver (9 September 2016). "The world's most idiotic marathon (trust the French)". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 April 2018.

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