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Australian sets trail run record; finishes with beer


Richard Bowles became the first person to run the entirety of the Australian Bicentennial National Trial, and immediately ended his 3,311-mile journey with a beer.

Bowles conducted his post-adventure interview over a beer in a pub in Cooktown, Australia. His 5.5-month journey also included plenty of beer along the way, as he detailed on his blog

On day 132 he wrote about shaking off a hangover in the heat. One August 25th he wrote about “open country and opened beers” after he came upon a pub “in the middle of nowhere” next to croc-infest waters, where it was impossible to turn down the hospitality of the locals.

“It wasn’t just the bunch of beers I had at the pub,” he wrote in another blog entry titled 60-plus-olds are trouble. “It was the few cans I had back at the caravan with them that polished me off.”

Bowles’ run, which raised funds and awareness for mental illness charity SANE, is  not the first of his record-setting feats. He is also the Australian record holder of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal and the winner of the Tasmanian 3 Peaks Race, among others.

Bowles joins other elite ultra runner with a taste for beer. Read about a few others here, here and 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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