Learning from the best runner with a drinking habit

Learning from the best runner with a drinking habit

As we mark the approaching end of the NCAA season, it comes a time of year that we move on to new competitions. While most runners will end their season and take a break after championships, some runners will take on just one more feat of strength. Though it isn’t a sanctioned race, it is a race that is a thing of legend. For those crazy enough (and of age), the end of the competitive running season means one thing; it is time for the Beer Mile.

We all know the Beer Mile is a race not for the faint of heart. As a refesher, what the Beer Mile consists of is 4 beers and 4 laps. Runners must chug one beer before beginning to run each lap. A runner can’t start running until their beer is finished, and to make an official time, said beer must be at least 12 ounces and 5% ABV. There are no rules about getting sick while running, and though there isn’t an official Beer Mile anywhere in the world, there is an official website.

For those gearing up to run the Beer Mile in the coming weeks, there are a few things one can do to increase their chance of hitting a new PR. While your best drinking buddy may not be a good runner, World Record holder in the Beer Mile, Josh Harris, is. According to a recent interview with the hard drinking and heavy training Tasmania, there are some keys to running a great Beer Mile. While his list of ten is quite precise, some of his best tips are, “Choose a good beer, keep a little bit in reserve over the first 3 laps, make sure your beer is optimum temperature,” and of course, the fan favorite, “ Open a warm down beer as you cross the line.”


Though his true talent may lie with the Beer Mile, Josh Harris is no running slouch. Harris runs around 160 km a week, and has PRs of 1:54:8 for the 800m, 3:51:2 for the 1500m, and 14:28:2 for the 5000m. He is the 5-time 5000 m champion of Tasmania, and is currently training for his first full marathon.


If you are going to indulge in the Beer Mile, make sure you are up for the challenge. Though the Beer Mile is a great way to indulge in celebrations after a long, hard season, drinking and running can be dangerous. Make sure you have a DD, be prepared to throw up, and make sure you and your teammates are looking out for one another!