Let's get one thing straight from the start. Running the beer mile is NOT hard. A marathon is a hard. So is Clint's ladder workout at the track. Okay?
The beer mile is ONE MILE. Most people finish in under 15 minutes. It's the shortest race of the year but easily the most fun! And it's the only FREE race of the year that ends with a euphoric buzz of adrenaline and ethanol!
To run a beer mile you need the following skills.
1. Ability to maintain an upright position while making left turns on a 400 meter track
2. The arm and wrist strength to lift a carbonated alcoholic beverage (5% by volume) to your mouth at an angle of 120°
3. Modest burping skills (ask any 10-year-old for a demo and some training help)
Specifically, you run four laps on a 400 meter track drinking one beer per lap. It takes the average person 10-20 minutes to run a beer mile. The Milwaukee male record is 6:38 by Tim Cigelske and the female record is 8:24 by Jenny Zwagerman. Both set on August 20, 2016.
There is plenty of parking at the rugby field and on LMD nearby.
* Solo Runner
* Team Runner with 2, 3 or 4 person teams
* Volunteer (time keeper, grilling, setup, cleanup)
The registration starts at 4:30. Bring your friends. Bring your own beer. Spread the word.
Q: "I don't like beer and I hear you have to drink four?!"
A: Beer, schmeer. There are options. Alcoholic waters like White Claw and Truly Citrus are allowed as both are 5% and carbonated which meets the spirit of the challenge. You can also substitute wine if you want.
Q: "Seriously, I can't drink four beers."
A: Join a relay team! 2-person, 3-person, and 4-person relay teams are allowed. Divide the laps and beers as you see fit. If you're not on crutches you can run!
Q: "I don't have any friends to form a team."
A: No worries amigo. We'll team you up when you arrive on Saturday and by the end of the day you'll have two or three new friends!
Q: "Can I bring my husband and kids and just hang out for the picnic?"
A: That would be awesome. We'll have games and fun for kids, a campfire with s'mores, a grill with brats and burgers, bean bags, giant jenga, volleyball, spike ball, water balloon toss contest, and more!
Q: "I've been sober for 19 years and drinking is not for me."
A: Even AA members can run un-officially with non-alcoholic near beers like Weihenstephaner (from the oldest brewery in the world) or Brewdog, or frankly any beverage with lots of carbonation. Root beer works! The challenge will be remarkably similar and just as much fun.
More details, official Milwaukee Beer Mile records, and more on the OMG website: https://goo.gl/QfMgFb