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Beer mile record holder hits jackpot

Turns out, beer running can net you a cool six-figure check.


Photo via Kris Mychasiw

Beer mile champion and world record holder Lewis Kent recently landed a deal to get paid doing what he loves—run and drink beer.

His agent tweeted out that the Canadian runner formalized an agreement to help promote the National Beer Mile race series, which takes place in cities around the United States.

Here’s the kicker: His salary will top six figures, according to CBC Sports. Don’t let anyone tell you that chugging beers doesn’t pay (as long as you can down four of them under five minutes while running a mile).

Kent previously picked up a sponsorship from Brooks for his feats, which includes winning the World Beer Mile Classic and vanquishing his opponents from the United States and Australia.

In his first race as National Beer Mile ambassador in Cleveland, Kent ran to an easy 5:17 victory in the race, showed off his championship belt and took photos with fans.

You can find Kent next up at Nashville, Charlotte, Buffalo and find more cities here.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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