Beer 2-Mile Rules
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Beer 2-Mile Rules
The Beer 2-Mile is the ultimate test of liver, stomach, and athletic ability for those who don't find the beer mile challenging enough. Instead of the 4 beers, 4 laps of the traditional beer mile, the beer 2-mile consists of 8 beers, 8 laps around a standard 400m track (plus the extra 18 meters to make it a full two miles).
You read that right. Once you finish the first beer mile, you get to do a whole 'nother one without a break. The current world record for the beer 2-mile is 10:18, which is back to back 5:09 beer miles.
The beer 2-mile follows the beer mile official rules, but with an added 1 mile and 4 beers. The main difference is that there are 2 different chug zones for the beer 2-mile, one chug zone for the first 4 beers that is from the 18 meter to 9 meter (mile start line) marks on a track and a second chug zone for the last 4 beers in the standard beer mile chug zone from the mile start line to the finish line.
There is still a penalty lap for vomiting, which makes the beer 2-mile a feat that separates men and women from boys and girls.
Watch the Beer 2-Mile World Record
To visualize the rules described below, you can watch the beer 2-mile world record to see how it's done.
Official Beer 2-Mile Ruleset
- Each competitor drinks 8 cans or bottles of beer and runs 8 laps around a standard running track (start with chugging a beer, then run a lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap - finish).
- There are 2 transition/chug zones for the beer 2-mile. CHUG ZONE #1: The first 4 beers are consumed from the 18 meter to 9 meter (mile start line) marks on a track. CHUG ZONE #2: The last 4 beers are consumed in the standard beer mile chug zone from the mile start line to the finish line. Beer must be consumed before the lap begins within the transition area (chug zone #1 for beers/laps 1-4 and chug zone #2 for beers/laps 5-8).
- The race begins with competitors lined up on the 2-mile starting line (18 meters behind the finish line) drinking the first beer in chug zone #1 described in the step above. This ensures competitors cover a complete two miles. Competitors can walk/move in the transition area while drinking, but all beer must be consumed in the transition area before setting off to run a lap.
- Women also drink eight beers and run eight laps.
- Competitors must drink canned or bottled beer that is no less than 355mL (12 Oz) in volume, which is the standard can/bottle size in the USA and some other countries.
- No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate (e.g. wide mouth bottles/cans).
- Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner. (e.g. no shotgunning, puncturing the can, squeezing the can, etc.). The same applies for bottles - no straws or other aids allowed that speed up the pouring process. The only action allowed is opening the can with the tab at the top or twisting off the bottle cap of a bottle.
- Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders, hard sodas, and other alcoholic sugary drinks will not suffice. The beer must be a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malted cereal grains and flavored with hops.
- Each beer can/bottle must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition zone on each lap.
- Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty lap at the end of the race (immediately after the completion of their 8th lap). Vomiting more than once during the race still only requires one penalty lap at the end.
- When attempting a performance for the official records, it is recommended to provide video evidence of the race and prove that all beer was sufficiently drank. This can be achieved by tipping the empty beer over your head after each chug to verify an empty vessel or by collecting the containers and pouring the contents into a measuring cup to prove there is less than 8oz of liquid/foam remaining total across all eight beers. We recommend picking up a pack of disposable measuring cups for your next beer mile event.
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