How long would it take you to drink four beers and run a mile?
First: For the uninitiated into the mysteries of the Beer Mile. (Because, yes, yes, yes, this is a thing) The aforementioned mile-long competition, probably started in a fraternity, was an informal sort of thing until the advent of BeerMile.com and a standardized ruleset.
The short version is competitors chug four cans of beer and run a mile. The long version looks more like…
1. Each competitor drinks four cans of beer and runs four laps, ideally on a track (start – beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap – finish).
2. Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun, within the transition area which is the 10 meter zone before the start/finish line on a 400m track.
3. The race begins with the drinking of the first beer in the last meter of the transition zone to ensure the competitors run a complete mile (1609 meters).
Also noteworthy: Competitors who vomit must complete one penalty lap. For the sake of comparison, this is what the Beer Mile usually looks like.
Which brings us (finally) to our story: Canadian Corey Bellemore broke the Beer Mile World Record last year. How frigging long do you think it took him to run the mile. Keep in mind, the fastest mile EVER recorded (sans beer) is just under 3:45.
It took Bellemore four minutes and thirty four seconds. 4.34! Put down your Natty Light and clap for that one, bros. An unreal achievement.
Here’s some footage, which looks all together way too much like real running.
Really incredible stuff, and you have to hope Bellemore will take on the 9-9-9 challenge next: Consume nine beers and nine hot dogs in nine innings of baseball.