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Questions for a beer mile champion

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Corey Gallagher (above, far right) is the defending champion of the FloTrack Beer Mile Championships and a former beer mile record holder. But he’s a self-proclaimed underdog for Tuesday’s championship race after fellow Canadian countryman Lewis Kent sent a new record. But don’t count him out.

In a pre-race Q+A, Gallagher talks about his race strategy, favorite racing beer, favorite non-racing beer and more.

What’s your goal for the FloTrack Beer Mile Championships?

My goal is to put on a good show.

Do you feel like you have a target on your back this year? 

This year I feel like an underdog going into the race. The strategy is the same as always … Run. Chug. Repeat.

How did you get your start running the beer mile?

Not by choice!!! Friends dragged me out after our university track season was finished. I hated it! It was the most painful thing I had ever done.

What beer do you drink for the beer mile? What about what kind of beer when you’re not running?

I have experimented with many different beers for the beer mile. However, Bud Light Platinum seems to be going down the smoothest … for now. When at home in Canada, my beer of choice is Fort Garry Dark. When I’m visiting the USA, my beer of choice is Blue Moon.

How has your beer mile training been this year? 

Beer mile training this year has had its ups and downs, ultimately, it has been going well. I had a serious injury this past April, which took me out of training for 3 months. Since then, my approach this year is a lot more relaxed than the past, and I’m having a lot more fun.

Since the 5-minue barrier was broken, we’ve seen a flurry of sub 5-minute beer miles, including your own. How low do you think it can go?

We have only scratched the surface. I think the ceiling will be around the mid 4:40s, until then, there is a lot of room to grow.

Lately, Canada has been dominating the beer mile, including at the world championships in San Francisco. What do you think accounts for this?

Maybe we are born with it? The winters are long and cold … there’s not much else to do.

The beer mile has achieved a ton of notoriety in the last few years. What do you see in the future of the beer mile?

I hope to see a series of it … maybe growing to be part of some of the Diamond League track and field events.

Any predictions for Austin?

Everyone is going to have a great time, and enjoy great beer. I was able to sample KCCO (from Resignation Brewery), the official beer of the world beer mile, and man … it’s good!

Anything else to add?

I prefer the KCCO white…


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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