Time is running out to register for the 2015 Oregon Beer Mile Championships

Most of us have heard of a "Beer Mile". Some of us may even have participated in one or two. But did you know that there is such a thing as the Oregon Beer Mile Championships? They are coming to Oaks Park on December 5th at 6pm and is sure to be a sight to behold. From their website:

Can you run a mile? Can you drink beer? Can you run a mile and drink beer at the same time? Register now for this epic test of stamina and stomach.
There are a variety of categories, including:

Individual Categories
Men’s Open
Women’s Open
Men’s Elite (<8 minute Beer Mile) (field limited to first 15 registered)
Women’s Elite (<8 minute Beer Mile) (field limited to first 15 registered)

Relay Categories
Men’s Open
Women’s Open
Mixed Open (2 Men, 2 Women)
Men’s Elite (<8 minute Beer Mile)
Women’s Elite (<8 minute Beer Mile)

“Open” means you cannot run a Beer Mile in under 8 minutes.
“Elite” means you can run a Beer Mile in under 8 minutes.

Being from Salem, I was actually unaware that Oaks Park had an indoor track that measure 16 laps/mile. I imagine that the combination of an indoor experience will yield an electric and loud atmosphere, as will the ability to see participants from a variety of different genders and capabilities attempting to keep their stomachs from churning. Also, who knew that there were actually 7 rules to running a Beer Mile?!

In the Beer Mile Championships, each runner competitor must drink four 12 oz. cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon over the course of the event. PBR makes this thing infinitely “more difficult” in my opinion (I feel I could do this with Boneyard RPM no problem). This is broken down by drinking one to start the race and one after every 4 laps. Any vomiting will incur a one lap penalty at the end of the mile.

The field is limited to the first 75 individuals and 30 teams across all races. However, many slots are already filled, so register ASAP individually or as a relay team if you are considering. The first race starts at 6pm and continues until around 9pm. Check out the schedule here.

Individual fees are $35 and relay teams are $25/per person. There is also a $5 for spectators. However, if you want to see the madness, yet know better than to participate yourself, there is also a request for volunteers.

All proceeds benefit Achon Uganda Children’s Fund.


About Matt Rasmussen (1612 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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