Chug! Chug! Run! Beer Mile returns to Byron Good Neighbor Days lineup
Drink, run, repeat? That’s what runners will do next Thursday in the third-annual Team R.E.D. Beer Mile in Byron.
Participants guzzle a beer, run a quarter mile lap on a track (or in this case a loop on an access road) and then repeat the process three more times. Runners who vomit during the event must run a penalty lap and get their names engraved on the “Golden Bucket” plaque.
The event kicks off a weekend of festivities in Byron, which also include a parade, 5-kilometer run and walk, and a free movie on the lawn of City Hall.
“A lot of people will have a beer but don't run. Now they can do both — be active and have a beer or two responsibly,” said Dan Mesenburg, co-race director of the Team R.E.D. Beer Mile.
Start time is 7 p.m. in front of The Bear’s Den, 845 High Point Dr. NE, Byron. Preregistration is $20; participants may also register on the day of the event for $25 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Runners are required to have a designated driver and must provide that person’s name at registration.
Once relegated to college student lore, beer miles have evolved into mainstream events in recent years. Byron’s event started in 2013, and the first beer mile World Championship was held last year in Austin, Texas. The current world records, as recorded by beermile.com, are 4:57.0 (men) and 6:17.8 (women).
The event is put on by Byron Team R.E.D. (the letters stand for run, eat, drink), a local group that promotes fun and fitness through group runs and walks.
Proceeds go toward the Byron Community Foundation.
About Claire Walling: Claire moved to Rochester two years ago from the Twin Cities after graduating from Hamline University. When she’s not working as a business writer she enjoys running the great trails around the region, designing and creating things, and drinking coffee. Fun fact: she was on a relay team that ran across Iowa in 54 hours. Follow Claire on Twitter.
(Cover photo: 2014 / Claire Walling)