Corey Bellemore, photo courtesy of Corey Bellemore
AUSTIN (USA, Dec 17): Corey Bellemore trailed after one beer, but quickly took over the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships on the first lap and dominated the rest of the race. Bellemore, the world record holder, was at 67 seconds at the the start of the second beer, 2:21 at the start of the third, 3:36 at the fourth, and 4:49 at the finish. In her first ever competitive beer mile, Ali Grace Morgan ran 6:07–but was disqualified for leaving too much beer in her cans. Caitlin Batten won in 6:29 after leading most of the race. Veteran beer miler and Austinite Andrea Fisher was second in 6:31, marking her second runner-up finish at the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships. From Flotrack.org.
RunBlogRun opines: This Beer Mile is getting some traction. If one checks, there are more articles on Beer Miler Corey Bellemore than the woman who won IAAF Athlete of Year, Almaz Ayana. adidas provided product for Corey, a 1:47.5 800 meter runner, and had several inquiries on Mr. Bellemore. Much of that was due to his manager’s fine promotional efforts, which, RunBlogRun understands were better than some athlete at much higher levels recieve.
We also understand that Global Atheltics & Marketing has decided, in light of the interest in the Flotrack Beer Mile Champs, to begin a division devoted sole to Beer Milers. Let’s see how fast Mr. Bellemore can run without four beers, and congrats to our friends at FloTrack.org!