Next Saturday, I’ll be at the Beer Mile World Classic. This week I’ll introduce you to some of the elite competitors at the event. Today, meet Caitlin Judd.
What are your beer mile qualifications?
I started running beer miles 5 years ago. Since then I’ve completed 6 beer miles with the following times: 7:12 (broke the SC women’s state record by over 5 minutes), 6:55, 6:41, 6:57, 7:22 (Flotrack Beer Mile WC), 6:51. I didn’t really take it seriously until I realized that one of my times (6:41) was faster than the current female world record (at that time)…I am hoping to get another in before the race next weekend…
What’s your proudest accomplishment to date?
Never puked in a race.
How have you been training for this upcoming race?
To be a good beer miler you have to be an excellent beer drinker and a pretty good runner. I’ve been working more on track speed and turnover than I have beer chugging…but I’ve also been drinking a lot of beer
What is your race strategy?
Drink fast, run fast, don’t puke.
Are you going to win?
Like Ricky Bobby said: “If you’re not first you’re last”, I don’t plan on being last.
What is your advice to others training for the beer mile?
Fine tune your beer temperature…too cold and you’ll choke on it, too warm and you’ll be barfing up foam. Also learn to burp while running without puking; if you cant do this you’ll never be any good at the beer mile.
In the last few years, the beer mile has risen from obscure sport to something that has been in the Wall Street Journal and on ESPN. What is your prediction for the future of the beer mile?
2020 Olympic Sport. Perhaps it could replace rhythmic gymnastics…MUCH more entertaining.
What’s your go-to beer when you’re not drinking while running a mile?
Holy City Yeast Wrangler IPA (Charleston, SC)
Anything else to add?
For those who say this is not a real sport…I would like to see you try it…Just ask Lance Armstrong. Fast beer milers aren’t messing around.