The third annual Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships were held on Saturday, for the second year at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot. The elite women’s and men’s fields included Erin O’Mara and Lewis Kent, who both set world records at this event last year. The men’s elite race also featured Corey Bellemore, who set the current world record of 4:34 in July. Kent and Bellemore both have shoe company sponsorships based on their beer mile prowess. Bellemore dominated this race, leading from the start to win in 4:49. Local elites Andrea Fisher and Chris Kimbrough (former world record holder) were in the women’s field, along with O’Mara, but this race was between Ali Grace Morgan and Caitlin Batten. Batten led early, but was passed on the third beer by Morgan. Morgan crossed the line in 6:07, a world record by 2 seconds, but was disqualified for leaving too much beer in her bottles. Batten was the winner in 6:29, just ahead of the strong finish by Andrea Fisher.
Full results and coverage at Flotrack.
The photo above is from the annual U Loop winter solstice party. This celebration of day-drinking and darkness worship grew out of the casual ~8 mile run that has started every Wednesday morning at 5:30 (sharp!) from Barton Springs pool for the past 11 years. The last few runs with this group have made it even more obvious to me how great running is at bringing people together and creating a community.
This article in New York Magazine describes new research on the cognitive benefits of running.
I’m making progress on the armadillorunning.com site. I added a Water/Waste page with a map showing drinking fountains and restrooms open to runners. Send me locations for those that I missed. I’m trying to figure our how to post popular running routes and to deliver The Interval as an email newsletter. I hope to convince my son the programmer to help me over the holiday. Send me any feedback or ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interval will take a break next week and will be back on January 3 with coverage of the annual Rogue Black Eyed Pea Run on December 31.