10 years ago, I ran my first beer mile. It was awful.
I met up with a local Milwaukee-area chapter of a worldwide group called the Hash House Harriers. Official tagline: A drinking group with a running problem. It’s safe to say they aren’t mainstream.
I wanted to puke after completing the four-lap, four-beer, 1-mile race. At the time I had no idea that anyone else would ever want to try something so masochistic.
Now Olympians and NCAA champions are getting into it.
The latest sensation is Canadian James Nielsen, a two-time NCAA 5,000-meters champion, who shattered the world record with a 4:57 beer mile over the weekend while his wife documented it for YouTube. The video currently has 170,000 views and counting.
Previously, the beer mile went viral and made TMZ when former beer mile record holder and Olympian Nick Symmonds tried (but missed) breaking the 5 minute barrier. Australian Josh Harris has also run an unofficial beer mile time of 5:02.
Given how this spread over the web, has the beer mile has official reached the tipping point of mainstream popularity? Agree or disagree? And if so, what’s the next frontier for the beer mile?
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