Chances are you’ve heard of the beer mile, but have you heard of the vodka 3,000m steeplechase? The beer mile spinoff is seven shots and a standard 3,000m steeplechase, which is seven and a half laps, plus barriers.
Julien Jeandrée is a German runner who attempted the vodka steeplechase world record. Friday wasn’t the first time that Jeandree attempted the vodka steeplechase. According to beermile.com the runner holds the current world record in 11:04, and the fastest known time before Jeandree’s attempt was Canadian Corey Gallagher in 12:04, set back in 2007. Gallagher’s vodka of choice in 2007 was Smirnoff.
Also, since I definitely don't know anyone crazy enough to run a vodka steeplechase, I'm now officially recruiting Beer Milers.
— Bryan (@flyinglobster) December 4, 2014
Several people have taken issue with the attempt the German runner ran on the 22nd. First, he used hurdles instead of proper barriers, and second, the video didn’t show a water pit. His final time was 10:16, which, if it stands, will be a new world record by nearly one minute.
In a beer mile, a runner consumes four beers in four laps, and while technically one shot is 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol, which is the same as a beer, the runner is travelling father and drinking almost double in a vodka steeplechase.
One significant difference between the two events is the sheer volume of liquid consumed. The volume of beer consumed in such a short period of time is one of the most difficult aspects of the event. Beer milers need to be equal parts good chuggers and decent runners, but there is no chugging element in the vodka steeplechase.