This summer, Corey Bellemore came out of nowhere to crush the beer mile world record and humble the field of elite beer mile runners.
On December 17th, he’ll meet for a rematch at the Flotrack World Beer Mile Championships in Austin against Lewis Kent, the previous record holder and winner of last year’s Flotrack Championships.
The third annual competition is also open to non-elite beer mile runners. Last year, an 81-year-old grandmother stole the show.
Kent, Bellemore and former beer mile champion Corey Gallagher will all compete in the event, which consists of athletes consuming four beers over four laps to complete one mile. On the women’s side, defending champion Erin O’Mara will compete again. She holds the current women’s record of 6:08.
Oskar Blues brewery is the official beer sponsor of the event, and will provide Mamma’s Little Pils for runners. The races will be streamed for free on FloTrack, a site covering track and running.
Just before this summer’s Beer Mile World Classic in London, 21-year-old Bellemore uploaded a video of himself breaking Kent’s previous world record of 4:47 by running a 4:39 beer mile. With Bellemore suddenly becoming the favorite, the event organizers acted quickly and flew him to London, just in time to compete.
Bellemore didn’t disappoint. In competition, he took five seconds off his beer mile time to shatter the world record for the second time in a week. His final time? An astounding 4:34. Watch the finishing kick of the race here.
Kent, the clear favorite heading into the race, fell back to fourth with a time of 5:11. He tweeted that he had an off day but that he’d be back, faster and stronger than ever.
Don’t count out Kent, who is fresh off signing a new multiyear sponsorship deal with Brooks.
“The sport has come a long way since last year,” he told Flotrack. “I won’t be returning as the favorite, but experience means a lot in the beer mile and come race day I’ll be ready to roll.”