Do you enjoy running but find it cuts into your drinking? If you answered yes to this than participating in a Beer Mile Challenge might be right up your alley. What is a Beer Mile? Simply put, you consume a can of beer every quarter-mile. That equals four beers (for the mathematically dysfunctional out there) and you get your workout in too. How perfectly convenient! Multitasking at its finest.
It sounds a little too easy, and if its easy, everyone would do it. Which is why our race director and founder of the Ultra Beer Mile, spiced it up a little and made the course 1.5miles so you consume a little extra and you run a little further. Check out the course map here.
Ultra Beer Mile – Jan 2015 course
The weather was extra brisk this Thursday night, which at least kept the beers icy cold, right? Well it was so cold most of us struggled to open the can! Our fingers by the 4th beer were so stiff we needed road side assistance. Ummm bar keep, can you crack this cold one for me so I can keep running?
Pre-race there was a lot of trash talk going on, and some calling out strategies which made for some good laughs. Last year’s winner returned to defend his title and time with a 12:30. I’m not sure if I am more impressed with the drinking pace or the speedy running but either way. I wasn’t focused on racing this as much as I was focused on not being that guy that pukes all over the course. Pukers have to complete a penalty lap which is why I took it slow and steady. The simple strategy allowed me to snap some pretty cool photos, which I have attached here.
The best part of participating. One I met some funny people. But when the beer catches up with you, it hits you all at once and what makes things even funnier is it hit all of the racers pretty much at the exact same time. The feeling is splendidly euphoric! We were all cracking up over the simplest things. It made for a great night, and some great memories. The finisher’s medal, a custom engraved beer bottle opener wasn’t a bad perk and receiving a lifetime entry pass for finishing the race wasn’t bad either. Special thanks to the great RD Myles Flynn for organizing this and providing the beers, and to my wife who volunteered my participation. 🙂 Thanks guys!