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Beer mile world champion speaks out

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James Nielson

Beer mile world record holder James Nielson has been quiet.

After his historic sub-5 minute mile went viral, the spotlight eventually moved onto the beer mile championships in Austin, which he did not attend.

His record failed to fall in Austin, however. This makes Nielson’s feat all the greater because he did it solo without the aid of competition.

In an interview with San Francisco-based RootsRated, the California resident resurfaces and talks about his training, vomiting, why he chose Bud for his race and what he sees as his next challenge.

“The next time I do it, I will have a lot more people out there watching me,” he said. “And I look forward to running even faster.”

I think my favorite line of the interview is when he talks about people’s performances of drinking multiple beers.

“It’s amazing how many people I know who can slam a beer in five or six seconds,” he says, “and then when they get to the fourth, it takes a full minute or more.”

What’s amazing to me is how many people he knows who slam four beers in a row.

Read the full interview 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] draftmag.com.


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