There’s Controversy After The “Beer Mile” World Championship Switched From Bottles To Cans

I don’t know why you’d ever want to combine beer and running, but the 8th Annual Beer Mile World Classic happened in Belgium last weekend.

Here’s the deal. You run four laps on a track. Before each one, you have to drink a full beer that’s at least 5% alcohol…yes, people do puke a lot. Which sounds nasty. There was some big controversy this year, because they switched from bottles to cans.

The venue this year didn’t allow glass. So, that’s really the main reason for the change, but cans were also mandatory in the original beer mile rules that were drafted in the 1990s. Rules are meant to be changed apparently.

As for the runners. They weren’t happy about the change, because bottles create less foam, so they’re easier to chug from. It’s science y’all.

If you’re a can fan and don’t believe it, they’ve now got stats to back it up. This Canadian guy won for the second year in a row, but was much slower this time. Last year, he set a new world record of 4 minutes and 28 seconds. This go around he finished 22 seconds slower.  Other runners’ times were worse too.

So if you think beer tastes better in cans, go for it. But if you’re looking for sheer speed, bottles are the way to go. 

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