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Beer Mile Record Falls to Fast-Chugging Mother of Six

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Are you freaking kidding me??

Runner Chris Kimbrough holds several masters national championships, but she barely trained for her most recent world championship: The 44-year-old mother of six broke the women’s beer mile record by 13 seconds, completing the four laps and downing four beers in 6:28.6.

“I really didn’t think I could do it. That’s a lot of beer in six minutes!” she told Runner’s World. 

The general idea of a beer mile is to drink a beer before each lap. To qualify as an “official” beer mile, these 10 rules must be followed. The 10th states: “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)."

The first Beer Mile World Championship will be held in Austin, Texas, in early December, and Kimbrough intends to compete -- although she doesn’t anticipate getting a lot of drinking practice in.

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“The run part wasn’t that hard for me,” she 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.”

“After having six (kids), you kind of know what your body’s doing … It (isn’t) hard to come back when you exercise a lot during the pregnancy,” she added.

USATF doesn’t sanction Beer Miles, but tracks results, which often include notes such as “Slowed by stubborn bottle top in last transition.”

That is extremely dangerous.  Drinking beer and running leads to kidney and liver failure and even death.   A really long time ago before anyone knew any better--at least 25 years--they used to have lifeguard chug-and-runs, but the science and dangers have been pretty well settled for at least as long. 

So my conclusion is, what an ignorant bunch of dorks.

I agree with you. And yet people keep trying to beat the record.

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