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Canadian runner sets beer mile record

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Photo via Jim Finlayson's Facebook page

Photo via Jim Finlayson’s Facebook page

The beer mile domination continues north of the border.

Canadian masters runner Jim Finlayson recently bested the beer mile masters record with a time of 5:01, which is a personal best by eight seconds and good for his third beer mile world record.

The 42-year-old is a beer mile pioneer and previous overall world record holder. He proved that he hasn’t lost much of a step in a video of the beer mile posted to YouTube.

Today, the overall record is held by fellow Canadian Lewis Kent, who is part of the squad that brought home the team trophy at the World Beer Mile Classic.

In addition to those accolades, Canadian Cory Gallagher—who has the beer mile world record again in his sights—is the defending champion with a 5-minute performance at the FloTrack Beer Mile Championships.

Finlayson recapped the record on his personal blog, and talks about practicing chugging with water in a beer bottle.

“You do and do and do until the neural pathways are laid down, until you just can’t miss, anymore than you could accidentally wander off the oft-travelled woodsy path into dense underbrush,” he writes. “You’d have to try to miss.”

I met Finlayson along with Team Canada before the World Beer Mile Classic in San Francisco, and a few things struck me about him.

It was clear that he was a guy in tremendous shape. He was literally twice the age of other on the team, but in incredible running form.

He also seemed very comfortable letting others do the talking. He had quiet confidence and a bit of a smirk, who knew his place in beer mile history and felt confident in it.

Now we know why.


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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