Full disclosure: I couldn’t run a mile in 6 minutes, 28.6 seconds.
And after four beers in five minutes, I certainly couldn’t run a lap on a high school track.
But that’s what 44-year-old Chris Kimbrough of Austin, Texas did earlier this month, and she set a Beer Mile record.
To run a beer mile, you first drink a can of beer and then run a quarter-mile lap on a track. Then you repeat the process. So that’s four beers for a mile.
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The run part wasn’t that hard for me,” Kimbrough told Runner’s World. “The last two (beers) were harder to get down because I felt like there was this air there, so it wasn’t going down. Having all those beers in (my) stomach didn’t really bother me as much as I thought it would. I think learning how to get the burp out more before you get to that next beer would probably help.”
This is probably be a good time to note that Kimbrough is a mother of six.
That, as she noted to Runner’s World, cuts into part of the training for this “event.”
“I have six kids,” she said. “It’s not like I’m going to be doing a lot of practicing.”
Runner’s World reported that Kimbrough took part in the Olympic Marathon trials in 2008, so she’s no slouch in the running department.
She didn’t make the Olympics, but she is in the record book. And, yes, records are kept at BeerMile.com. The old record is 6:42.
Here is the video of Kimbrough’s record (My favorite part is when someone says, “elite drunk athlete Chris Kimbrough is coming”):
Does the Beer Mile sound vaguely familiar? It does if you’ve ever watched “The Simpsons.” Remember the softball “rules:”
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