You’ve heard of the McNellie’s Pub Run — it’s a fine event. No offense, but this story pretty much blows that away.
American runner Nick Symmonds, who just finished fifth in the 800-meter final at the London Olympics, recently set the U.S. beer mile record, though he fell short of the world record.
What is a beer mile? As the article explains, a beer mile consists of “drinking a beer, then running a lap, four times, with the clock running the whole time. Each beer has to be finished before starting to run the next lap. … North American rules… specify details such as a minimum alcohol content of 5.0%, no shotgunning or other methods of drinking other than from the beer can, and a penalty fifth lap for vomiting.”
Symmonds finished in a time of 5 minutes, 19 seconds; it was 10 seconds off the world record pace set by a Canadian runner in 2007. (Canada!!!)
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article for an awesome video — Symmonds “trains” by downing a beer in less than nine seconds.