Athletic Brewing, along with Beermile.com, Fleet Feet Westport, and Hoka One One, hosted the first-ever NA Beer Mile Event on October 17, 2021 in Stratford, CT. The race featured a showdown between Beer Mile world record holder Corey Bellemore (4:33) of Canada and Beer Mile American record holder Chris Robertson (4:37).
Corey Bellemore came away victorious with a new NA Beer Mile World Record time of 5:06, with Chris Robertson taking 2nd in 5:30. Both men struggled to get their cans open and lost a lot of time in the chug zone, which can be witnessed in the race video below.
Corey and Chris will go head-to-head again on October 23, 2021 at the Beer Mile World Classic in Manchester, England. The world championship race will follow standard beer mile rules (beer must be minimum 5% ABV) and allow for the use of bottles, which are a quicker vessel than cans for necking beers.
NA Beer Mile Race Video and Recap
The event also had 3 open heats for beer mile participants and a virtual option. Chris Furnari was the fastest on the day out of the 3 open heats, finishing in a personal best time of 6:40.
On the virtual side, we saw an insane performance from Elizabeth Laseter. She dropped a 6:29 solo NA Beer Mile, which would rank her 6th on the all-time list for the standard Beer Mile and is faster than her 6:40 personal best under the standard Beer Mile ruleset. She will be competing at the Beer Mile World Classic on October 23 in England.
Athletic Brewing Co-Founder and CEO, Bill Shufelt, also got in on the action clocking an 8:04 virtual NA beer mile.
As part of the inaugural Athletic Brewing NA Beer Mile event, Beermile.com formalized the official ruleset for the NA Beer Mile. This is a brand new official event on the site, which means the leaderboard is fresh with participants from this event.
Athletic Brewing, Fleet Feet Westport and HOKA ended up awarding over $2,500 in cash and prizes and donated $2,250 in proceeds to the Still I Run organization for mental health awareness.
NA Beer Mile Final Results Here: Inaugural Athletic Brewing NA Beer Mile Results