Video: U.S. Middle-Distance Runner Sets American Record In ‘Beer Mile’

After running a personal best time of 1:42.95 in the 800-meters and falling just short of the medal stand during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it stands to reason that U.S. middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds needed a drink.

So what did Symmonds do? Like any true athlete would, he didn’t let the end of the Olympics stop him from pushing his strength and endurance to the limits of human comprehension. Nope. To get that drink, he’s apparently switched events, leaving behind the 800 and taking up the “beer mile.”

In this video, you can see that before each lap, Symmonds chugs what appears to be a can of Coors Original, four in total. His time of 5:19.90 is, reportedly, an American “beer mile” record.

Impressive, true, but here at we think the event could use some improvements, namely, in the beer. In the name of craft beer equality, therefore, we are officially suggesting that athletically-inclined craft brewers might want to come together to create the first ever “craft beer mile.” Same race, different beer.

You bring the brew, we’ll bring the shoes. Any takers?