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Corey Bellemore dominates FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships

Canadian Corey Bellemore, the beer mile world record holder, won his first-ever FloTrack World Championships on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Corey Bellemore

Corey Bellemore

The third annual FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships were held in Austin, Texas on Saturday afternoon. Canadian Corey Bellemore won his first-ever FloTrack Championships and completes the two-race sweep of the global events following his summer victory at the Beer Mile World Classic.

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The event, which involves drinking four beers and running four laps of a 400m loop, was held in the parking lot of local newspaper Austin American-Statesman. Both world records (men’s: 4:34.35, women’s: 6:08) live another day as a dramatic ending in the women’s race nullified what was originally a new benchmark.

Footage of both the men’s and women’s elite races can be found below.

Men’s race

The men’s race featured the world record holder, Bellemore, as well as the 2014 and 2015 FloTrack champions Corey Gallagher and Lewis Kent. All three are Canadian and were all ranked in the top-five in history entering Saturday’s action.

Bellemore, who has a lifetime best of 4:34, 13 seconds faster than any other beer miler in history, led for the majority of the race to win by 10 seconds over Kent. Bellemore was rocking Adidas gear for the first time since signing with the sportswear brand a few weeks ago. Kent still holds the Austin course record by virtue of his 4:47 clocking in 2015, which was a world record at the time.

According to FloTrack, Bellemore was at “67 seconds at the the start of the second beer, 2:21 at the start of the third, 3:36 at the fourth, and 4:49 at the finish.”

Phil Parrot-Migas had a strong run clocking 5:03 placing fourth overall as Canada went 1-2-4 in the men’s elite race.

Bellemore takes home US$2,500 for the win. Bellemore runs with Kingfisher, an Indian beer with a pop-off cap rather than a twist-top lid, which forces him to carry a bottle opener for the entirety of the race. Beers need to be 355 mL and five per cent alcohol.

Women’s race (elite footage begins at the 74-minute mark)

There was some drama at the finish line of the women’s race. American Allison Grace Morgan, a professional runners for Brooks, crossed the line in a new world record time of 6:07.2 but was later disqualified for having too much beer left in the four bottles. There was approximately 236 mL remaining; 120 mL is the approximate limit for leniency in having beer left over.

Caitlin Batten was named the FloTrack Beer Mile World Champion because of the disqualification earning US$2,500 for the win. Batten ran 6:29 while Anne Belanger, the lone Canadian woman competing in the elite race, was back in seventh in 7:11. An additional US$2,500 goes to the winner if a new world record is set.

Full results can be found here.