So many races have been forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but the Beer Mile World Classic (BMWC) organizers wouldn’t let that happen, and they held a virtual event instead. The event was a hit, and it saw wins from the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, plus a world record run from American and 2019 BMWC champion Alison Grace Morgan, who ran a 6:16.5. The BMWC was open to runners from around the world, with entrants submitting videos of their runs between June 21 and 27. The runs of the top 10 finishers were broadcast on July 4, and the race’s $8,000 prize purse was divvied up accordingly, with the first-place man and woman receiving $500 each. To see the BMWC broadcast, click here.
WR! Allison Grace Morgan sets new Beer Mile World Record! @cgrobertson10 shatters own American Rercord. USA Beer Mile Teams Capture Kingston and Queens Cups. #beermile2020 Watch at https://t.co/ktPGFpEtG7 @ladbible @runnersworld @darrenrovell @tandfn @Reuters
— BeerMileWorldClassic (@ClassicBeerMile) July 4, 2020
Canadian BMWC results
In 2019, Canada’s world record-holder Corey Bellemore won the BMWC, and the Canadian men placed second as a team behind the U.S. The Canadian women also finished second to the U.S. as a team in 2019, and Katie Anderson placed third. This year, the Canadians weren’t as successful, although several Canucks posted good results. Phil Parrot- Migas was the top Canadian male finisher, coming in sixth place in a time of 5:09. On the women’s side, Anderson was once again the fastest Canadian, finishing in fifth in 7:04.
Independence Day wins
The beer milers didn’t complete their runs on July 4, but the results were broadcast on America’s birthday, and the U.S. teams made their country proud with big results from the men and women. Chris Robertson won the men’s race with an American record of 4:38.7. He was followed by Markus Liwing of Sweden, and Australia’s Nick Finch rounded out the podium. For the women, Morgan set a new world record after posting the second-fastest time ever run at last year’s BMWC. Fellow American Elizabeth Laseter came in second, and third place went to Shannessy Adams of Australia.
Full results from the 2020 BMWC can be found here.