AUSTIN -- You've probably seen plenty of ads on your big screen TV supporting the notion that in order for an athlete to perform at their best they need to be properly hydrated, but with beer?
That's the idea behind the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships whose motto is “Chug, Run, Repeat.” It's a race in which runners compete to see who can run the fastest mile around a track while chugging four bottles or cans of beer.
But this isn't just a sloppy drinking game, there are rules people! The beer must be consumed before the 10-meter transition zone of each lap. The beer must be 12 ounces and contain at least 5% alcohol. Also, if any competitor vomits before they finish the race they must complete one penalty lap.
This year the race was in Austin, Texas and there were a few record breaking performances in front of a crowd of 2,000. Erin O'Mara beat the previous women's world champion record by more than 8 seconds with a time of 6:08:51.
On the men's side, Lewis Kent broke his own world record with a time of 4:47:17. Hey, who said drinkers weren't athletes?
If you want to prove your skills at this event you'll have to wait until next year. In the meantime, start runnin' and chuggin’!