It was a beer mile that made history.
Records were shattered on both the men’s and women’s side at the FloTrack Beer Mile Championships in Austin.
In an event that was live streamed by thousands, runners chugged four KCCO Gold Lagers from Resignation Brewery at the beginning of each of their four laps. The video of the men’s race on FloTrack’s Facebook page currently has more than 1 million views.
Lewis Kent, who entered the race as a favorite, led from the beginning and held off defending champion Corey Gallagher to finish in an astounding 4:47.
Erin O’Mara said she was “surprisingly” nervous for the race but turned in a dominating 6:08, which was 9 seconds better than the previous record and 18 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
But the runner who stole the show was an 81-year-old grandmother.
Elvira Montes, who is just a month away from her 82nd birthday, was the oldest finisher in this year’s open race. She finished four beers and four laps in 20 minutes, 24 seconds.
That’s an impressive performance on its own, but even more amazing consider that she ran faster than her own daughter. Her son in law recorded a DNF.
Montes told Runner’s World that she plans to train during the upcoming year by drinking beer while running on the treadmill.
She wants to return next year and break 20 minutes.