Beer Mile World Record: 4:57 by James Nielsen
James Nielsen is the Roger Bannister of beer running, set the world record
for the “beer mile” when he recorded a time of 4:57, shattering the 5-minute
mark that seemed all but impossible to crack. A beer mile is when you run a
standard mile on a track, but must chug a 12-ounce can of beer for every
400-meter lap. Four beers, in other words. Also, the beer has to have higher
than a 5.0 in alcohol concentration. No vomiting is allowed.
1. Each competitor drinks four cans of beer and runs four laps on a track (Start
- beer/lap, beer/lap, beer/lap, beer/lap - finish).
2. Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun, within the transition area
which is the 10 meter zone before the start/finish line on a 400m track.
3. The race begins with the drinking of the first beer in the last meter of the
transition zone to ensure the comptitors run a complete mile(1609 meters).
4. Women also drink four beers in four laps (past rule lists only required
ladies to drink three beers).
5. Competitors must drink canned beer and the cans should not be less than 355ml
(the standard can volume) or 12oz (the imperial equivalent). Bottles may be
substituted for cans as long as they are at least 12 oz (355 ml) in volume.
6. No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing
the beer to pour at a faster rate. ie "super mega mouth cans" or "wide mouth
bottles" are prohibited.
7. Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner, ie. no shotgunning or
puncturing of the can except for opening the can by the tab at the top. The same
applies with bottles - no straws or other aids are allowed in order to aid in
the speed of pouring.
8. Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders and lemonades
will not suffice. The beer must be a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from
malt and flavored with hops. For an abbreviated list of valid beers and
exceptions, click here.
9. Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition
zone on each lap.
10. Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty
lap at the end of the race (immediately after the completion of their 4th lap).
Note: Vomitting more than once during the race still requires only one penalty
lap at the end.