New Beer Mile Records Set Across the Board at Last Week's World Championships in Austin, TX

by Alexander Frane on Dec 10, 2015 in Culture

New records were set in the Annual Beer Mile Championships in Austin, TX last week. Both the men’s and women’s winners set impressive new records for time, at 4:47 and 6:08 respectively. But the runner who stole the most attention was Elvira Montes, who at 81 years old set the record for the oldest participant, and finisher, of the Beer Mile.

The Beer Mile course is split into four 1/4 mile stretches. Before each stretch, participants must drink a 12 oz beer. Time spent drinking the beer counts towards the overall time of each runner, so “chugging” beers is a common tactic. In an interview with Runner’s World, Montes admitted she much preferred scotch whisky to beer but opted to still do the race, saying she wanted to prove to her daughter she could drink beer and run. She finished with a time of 20:24, beating her daughter, 47, by almost a minute. Her son-in-law, also running, did not finish the course. After the race Montes took her daughter to a Hooters for wings and scotch.
 
Montes hopes to improve her time when she participates again next year, aiming for breaking the twenty minute mark. She plans to train by drinking beer while running the treadmill.

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