Inaugural Beer Mile Championships features 5 min. mile, new world record

Thursday December 4th, 2014

The inaugural Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships were held in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday night and featured a 5:00.23 run to win the men's elite division, as well as a new world record in the women's division.

The "beer mile", as you may know, involves chugging a beer before each of four laps, and includes a penalty lap for puking and disqualification for excessive spilling, according to Runner's World.

The men's winner was 27-year-old Corey Gallagher of Manitoba, Canada, who told Runner's World that the event was the pinnacle of his achievements.

“I wasn’t confident with my running," he said, calling the win his top lifetime accomplishment. "I was more confident with my drinking. Today it turned out running was my strong point.” 

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Gallagher's beer of choice at the event was Bud Light Platinum, while new women's world record holder Mary Herndon of Kent, Ohio, went with New Belgium Fat Tire on her 6:17.76 run.

“I think I can go a sub-6 with a little better chugging than I did today,” Herndon said.

Brendan Maloy

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