Frequently asked questions
Here's a list of frequently asked questions about the site and our products. If you cannot find an answer to your question below, do not hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
What is a "Beer Mile"?
In the vast world of extreme sports, there exists a sub-culture at its heart best known as "digestive athletics." The most famous, glorified, respected, and celebrated of all the events of this underworld is the Beer Mile.
The foundation of any true beer mile is built upon two things: drinking beer and running a mile. The most common format of the beer mile requires a single participant to drink a full-sized beer, run a quarter mile, then repeat the process three more times.
This results in the consumption of four beers and the running of four quarter miles (hence the beer mile). The entire process is timed. The total time is often used as a measuring stick of competency.
Where and when did the beer mile originate and who was the first to complete one?
The truth is no one knows for sure. Its "invention" was not dissimilar to the invention of calculus, where it was rumored that Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Sir Isaac Newton developed the notion independent of each other in the late 17th century. Like calculus, the concept was not necessarily an invention, but more of a discovery. It was inevitable that beer miling would surface, and because of that, multiple parties can claim they were the first to dance with the demon known as the "chunder" mile.
The roots of the beer mile family tree can accurately be traced back to parts of Florida and New England college campuses in the U.S., Hash House Harrier events in Indonesia, and to many places (most notably Ontario) in Canada. The earliest documented races (whose records still exist today) occurred in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Legendary stories spread of a mysteriously brutal event but many details were lost in the telling of the stories. Rules were approximated and a race of more than 5 people at once was a rarity. With the emergence of the internet and instant digital communication, information was shared and rules became more consistent in the early 1990's.
The first known set of rules to be posted in a public place was by a group in Kingston, Ontario where beer-miling had taken place regularly for a few years. Since many beer milers elsewhere were competitive, they took it upon themselves to indoctrinate the Kingston rules into their own festivities. And so, the set known as the "Kingston Rules" were born.
In the late 90s, Beermile.com chose to adopt some of the basic Kingston Rules, then add a few more in an attempt to standardize the sport. The rules were further formalized and solidified by at the onset of the Beer Mile World Classic, the official beer mile world championship, to be used in international competition.
I want to run a beer mile. How should I go about it?
Beermile.com's standard ruleset and variations on the ruleset are posted here.
Beermile.com does not currently orchestrate beer mile events itself at this time. It aggregates events from around the world. Most events are small, fun, and safe events organized between friends. If you try one, make sure you follow the rules to be considered for an official listing on this site. You can also join our Facebook Community to find others in your area fiending for a beer mile.
If you think you're hot shit and want to run a big event, consider filming yourself doing a beer mile and submit the video evidence with your result on Beermile.com. If you’re among the top beer milers on the site, you could be invited to represent your country at the Beer Mile World Classic.
What is the mission of Beermile.com?
Beermile.com was started by a collection of running and drinking enthusiasts who set out to standardize the sport of beer miling in the early 1990s. The site was built to stay objective, formalize and define the ruleset, and aggregate results and newsworthy efforts.
In 2020, Beermile.com was purchased by Beer Mile Media LLC to revamp the site entirely and continue on the mission of growing community and interest in digestive athletic events. Beermile.com remains the official beer mile resource and the best community on the internet for runners, beer lovers, and anyone who ventures into combining the two.
My friend ran 5:35 and he's not on any of your lists. What gives?
We are missing race results, obviously. Not everybody wants their race results on the internet, particularly athletes currently on scholarship or ex-athletes applying for non-beer-friendly jobs. We know people have run fast incognito. Our lists are not intended to be definitive; they're for entertainment. Along these lines, if you would like to have your name removed from our site, e-mail email@example.com.
Where did you get your "Masters" age group numbers? I thought "Masters" was 40+
In most competitions, "Masters" participants are over 40. You're on this site, so you understand beermiling is not like most competitions. Unlike normal running, age is especially brutal and unforgiving on beermilers. We therefore classify various flavors of "Masters" as:
Masters - Age 30 and up Super Masters - Age 40 and up Grand Masters - Age 50 and up Super Grand Hash Masters - Age 69 and up Clydesdale - Age 35 and up, 200 lbs and heavier
12oz vs Pints
Wait, I'm in the UK and we drink 4 pints instead of 4 12oz cans/bottles. Why are our rules not "official"?
Hold your horses, there is indeed an official ruleset for the Chunder Mile. Beermile.com is home to not only the official rules for the Beer Mile, but also the many variations of the beer mile. The UK version of the event with 4 by 20oz pints is known as the Chunder Mile and is an official event recognized by Beermile.com.
View official beer mile rules and the variations here.
I hate this site
This site sucks. Is there anything else I can do to help? Can I make suggestions, submit artwork, etc.?
We welcome all feedback and contributions. No email goes unread. Contact us here with ideas, ways you would like to contribute, or to send any content our way. All designers will be credited if their art is used.
What's next for Beermile.com?
We don’t do anything half-assed around here. There are always big things coming because the fact of the matter is we will never settle. More content, more events, more community, more Beer Coin, more tomfoolery.