Although the location remains a secret (for a variety of very good reasons), the event is not. Austin-based Flocast is hosting the Beer Mile World Championships on December 3, 2014 and bringing in top competition headlined by 800-meter Olympian Nick Symmonds.
From a press release in August, Flocast co-founder Mark Floreani said, “The participation in the beer mile has grown enormously. Conquering it has become a prized accomplishment for many elite runners and it’s time to officially crown the World Champion. The Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship will bring together the best of the best in Austin this December, and we look to put on an incredible show that celebrates the spirit and culture of the sport.”
An official beer mile consists of drinking a 12 ounce can of beer, running one lap around a track (400 meters), and repeating three more times. If you vomit there is a one-lap penalty. The unofficial record for men is currently 4:57 (James Nielsen, San Francisco, CA, 2014) and 6:42 (Seanna Robinson, Hamilton, Ontario, 1997) for women.
According to event director Joe Williamson, the elite race will be run by the top 12 men and women in the country – some will receive invites and others can submit their video to prove qualifying time. Prize money is up for grabs and a bonus for new records.
In addition to Symmonds, Flocast has recruited Elizabeth Laseter (7:07 PR) of Charlotte, NC and Corey Gallagher (5:23 PR) of Winnipeg, Manitoba. We’ll be disappointed if Austin isn’t represented well by guys like Erik Stanley, Jake Morse or David Fuentes.
Per Flocast, the event will also feature various relay heats for celebrities, media and sponsors.
For more information visit www.flotrack.org.