This Guy Ran A Sub Five-Minute Mile While Downing Four Beers


1. Two-time NCAA 5,000m champion James “The Beast” Nielson has apparently become the first person to break the five-minute barrier in the Beer Mile.

2. For those not familiar with the rules, the infamous Beer Mile is when someone runs a mile around a track, stopping every 400 metres to down a can of beer.

Here Nielson explains there is a 10-metre exchange zone in which the beers have to be consumed.

3. Canadian Nielson, who now lives in California, claims to have broken the “world record” for the event after completing the feat in 4 minutes 57 seconds at the weekend.

A video of his attempt, filmed by his wife, has quickly spread across the internet, with viewers marvelling at his effort and the time splits - for laps and beer chugging.

In the clip, Nielson said he trained for a year before his world record attempt.

He said the biggest challenge was not “drinking the beer fast and not running fast, it’s going to be getting that beer out of the can as quickly as possible and inhaling it”.

4. So here goes. Beer 1.

5. And the start of lap 1.

6. At the end of laps 1, 2, and 3 those attempting the Beer Mile have to down a drink.

7. The second beer goes down pretty easily.

8. The third, after lap 2…

9. Was a bit tougher.

10. But Nielson kept his pace around the track almost constant.

11. The final beer heralds the start of the final lap.

12. Nielson set off on the final 400m with 3 mins 54 seconds on the clock.

His wife is heard in the clip continually shouting encouragement, including: “You got this!”


14. When asked if he wanted to saying anything on camera after completing the feat, our hero could only manage: “It’s really painful!”

15. Here are the splits for the laps and beer downing.

16. And here is the new world record in all its glory.

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