5 Question Quiz: Is the Beer Mile Right for You?

fri5It’s been a week since Flotrack put on it’s highly publicized World Championship Beer Mile and the world can’t get enough of this formally underground running curiosity.  Or maybe it’s just me. I’m simply fascinated by it! Elizabeth Herndon slammed 4 beers and ran 4 laps of a track in six minutes and seventeen seconds! I just can’t get over it! And of course, when a world champion and WORLD RECORD HOLDER gives you reasons to do a beer mile, you should listen. Yet, even with Beth’s post last week, I’m still not convinced a beer mile is right for everyone.

So today I bring you a handy quiz to determine if you have the potential to take on Beth next year. All you have to do is answer the following 5 questions in our Beer Mile Quiz and your answers will tell you whether you are more Elizabeth Herndon, world champion and world record holder beer miler or Lance Armstrong, a one lap wannabe or someone who should stick to regular old boring beerless races. 

1. When grabbing a sports drink from a volunteer during a half marathon, which of the following is most likely to occur?:

A. You take a sip, gag and drop the cup, spilling it all over yourself.

B. You gulp it down quick and wish you had another to wash it down.

C. You pass, seeing drinking during a race as a sign of weakness.


If you like giant checks, the beer mile is definitely for you! Beth Herndon showing off her winnings after her big victory! Image via Flotrack.

2. Your favorite workout most resembles which of the following?:

A. Easy runs with lots of friends!

B. Hard 400s, faster than goal pace.

C. Exactly 6 miles of tempo within .05 seconds of goal pace run on the same perfectly measured route every week.


3. What accessory is mostly likely to adorn your wrists?:

A. A yellow rubber statement bracelet.

B. Sweatbands.

C. The most precise GPS watch ever invented.


4. At a group run you’re most likely to:

A. Make everyone stop so you can hit the restroom, pet a cute dog and give some dude directions.

B. Crack a joke and when everyone laughs, take off and push the pace.

C. Get agitated when not in control of the route.


5. At the post-race party, you are mostly likely to be found:

A. Tipsy after one wine cooler.

B. Doing a keg stand.

C. Absent.


If you answered mostly A’s

Your stomach (and alcohol tolerance) is too weak for the beer mile.


If you answered mostly B’s

Sign yourself up for the next beer mile!


If you answered mostly C’s

You are far too uptight to race a beer mile.


How did you fare in our quiz? How do you think I did? Is the beer mile for you?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Love beer, love running, not sure about combining them. Someone mentioned projectile vomiting on one post about beer miles. LOL
    A buddy did a beer 5K, they used bud light. If they used Gatorade it would have been more of a challenge.