The best beer runner photo ever

How do you break your own dominating world record in the Ironman triathlon?

Beer Shower

You cool down and hydrate with a beer shower, of course.

Over the weekend Chrissie Wellington bested her own triathlon record with an 8 hour 18 minute race at the Quelle Challenge Roth in Germany. To put that in perspective, she ran a blistering 2:44 marathon final leg, which was just 4 minutes slower than the overall male winner.

She was no doubt aided by dousing herself completely with a massive glass of beer after the cycling stage. The hoppy shower was captured as the photo of the day by the London Daily Telegraph.

This isn’t her first exposure to massive quantities of beer in at the German (where else?) triathlon. After the British beer runner broke the world record in 2009, she explained the appeal of the Roth in her online journal.

“It is a must for any long distance triathlete, beer drinker, or lover of good quality sausages,” she said of the race atmosphere. “Being all three of these I jumped at the chance to race Roth.”

She also described a rowdy crowd with “cheering that left me deafened and a fair bit of beer drinking toplessness to get my blood pumping.”

But she was unsure if she could break her own record, much less shatter it by a minute this year. Clearly, the beer had to play an integral role, as Wellington alluded.

“Pictures tell a thousand words,” Wellington tweeted with the photo after the race.

I hope she got a glass just as big at the finish.

Thanks a lot to Matthew and Jon for tipping me off to this photo.


Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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