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Secrets of the beer mile


Josh Harris is quickly becoming the Michael Jordan of the beer mile.

The Australian first burst onto the scene in a big way when his 5:02 beer mile last year went viral. After there was some controversy about him following the letter of the stringent beer mile bylaws, Harris vowed to continue his career and shoot for a sub 5 beer mile.

“I am an ok runner,” says the 1:07 half marathoner. “But my performance in the Beer Mile easily outshines my running.”

He’s still in pursuit of sub 5, but he recently ran a 5:04 and shared his tips for beer mile success with

As Harris points out, you really can’t adequately understand the unique challenges of a beer mile until you try one.

“The main test in the Beer Mile,” he writes, “is how quickly one can drink the second, third and fourth beers while out of breath, while holding large amounts of volume on board.”

You can read all this thoughts, reflections and tips about the beer mile 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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  • Denis Borodin says:

    Bottles don’t count in the beer mile. Only cans, 5% abv or higher, opened only at the pull tab, and only opened at the instance of drinking. He’s fast, but not a beer miler.

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