Chris Robertson Lowers Beer Mile American Record to 4:38, Wins 2020 World Title
Chris Robertson (USA) won his 2nd beer mile world title in record fashion, setting a new beer mile American record of 4:38 as a part of the 2020 Beer Mile World Classic.
Robertson became the first American, and second person ever, to break the 4:40 beer mile barrier. His 4:38 beer mile on June 25, 2020 bettered his previous American record (4:45) by 7 seconds. His time was also just 5 seconds off the current world record (4:33).
Robertson's 4:38 beer mile won him the 2020 Beer Mile World Classic title and a nice little payday. This year's world championship was virtual due to COVID-19, with competitors around the world submitting beer miles run on their local tracks to compete for $8,000 in prize money. Robertson won by 15 seconds to runner-up Markus Liwing of Sweden.
Beer Mile American Record - 4:38
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3 Beer Miles. 5 Days. 2 American Records
Robertson completed 3 beer miles in the span of 5 days as a part of the virtual beer mile world championships. Competitors were allowed to run as many beer miles as they desired in a one-week span and submit their best time.
On June 20, Robertson ran a 4:45 beer mile to lower his own American record from 2017 (4:46) by 1 second. Three days later, he attempted another but came up a little short in 4:48. Two days after that, on June 25, Robertson had his 4:38 breakthrough.
Watch the full 2020 Beer Mile World Classic
Photos from the Beer Mile American Record Performance
All photos courtesy of Ryan Gooding Photography
What is a beer mile?
The Beer Mile is equal parts gastric challenge and athletic endeavor, requiring competitors to drink a 355ml beer (5% minimum ABV) before every quarter mile of the race, totaling four beers over the one-mile course. See the official beer mile rules here.