The FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships are just days away and the event’s fastest man will be competing in Austin, Texas on Dec. 17. The Windsor, Ont. athlete is the 2015 Canadian 800m champion and an Olympic hopeful for Tokyo 2020.
A newly-released 10-minute short film on Bellemore was released on Sunday.
“Corey Bellemore, a 22-year-old track athlete, never thought his beer chugging talent would help him break a world record,” reads the video’s description. Being a dual-sport threat as both a beer mile champion and a developing middle-distance athlete has landed him a deal with Adidas, which he signed on Dec. 1, his 22nd birthday.
Bellemore enters the FloTrack event as the Beer Mile World Classic champion, one of two global events in addition to FloTrack’s event in Texas, having won the London race in the summer. Lewis Kent, the former beer mile world record holder, will also be at the FloTrack event. The Canadian contingent in the women’s race is much smaller: Anne Belanger is the nation’s top beer miler racing in Texas this weekend.
In the video profile, Bellemore discusses how he got into the niche sport which involves drinking four beers, of 355 mL volume and five per cent alcohol, and running just over four laps of a 400m loop totalling 1,609m. Beers cannot be opened in advance and consumption of each of the four beers must precede each lap.
Footage posted by Canadian Running went viral this summer when Bellemore came out of nowhere to break the then-world record by eight seconds running 4:39. He has since improved the mark to 4:34, 13 seconds faster than any other runner in history.
Bellemore’s original record
Fellow training partner Nick Falk, who qualified for Team Canada for the 2017 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, also makes an appearance in the video profile. Footage includes shots in Windsor, Ont. as well as from London’s Beer Mile World Classic.
Miloš Savić wrote and directed the short film, which can be seen at the top of this page.