Chug, run, repeat ... but you won't keep up with Minnesota's best beer miler


We know drinking and driving don't mix, but how about drinking and running?

There's a Minnesotan who has carved out a niche as one of America's best at an event known as the beer mile.

Swill a beer and run a quarter-mile. Then do it again. And again and again.

Brian Anderson of Bloomington did this in a total time of 5 minutes and 14.7 seconds, Runner's World reports – just six seconds behind the winner of the Beer Mile World Classic held in San Francisco over the weekend.

Anderson avoided the hazards that befell a couple of the other elite-level beer milers. Leaving too much beer behind when you take off is grounds for disqualification. And tossing your cookies on the race course means you'll have to run an extra lap (if you can).

Anderson, 23, graduated from the University of St. Thomas last December with a degree in accounting, the Pioneer Press reports.

He faced some tough competition in San Francisco. The Pioneer Press says the field included four current or former world record holders in the beer mile.

But Anderson belongs in that crowd, having run a 5:05.2 beer mile earlier this month (watch it here). That's one of the top 10 performances on record, according to BeerMile.com.

Naturally, the world's best beer milers know their own strengths. But they also know those of their top competitors. Here's what Anderson told Draft Magazine as he prepared for the Beer Mile World Classic:

" I know I can chug like a savage, so I just have to really use that to my advantage. Of the top 5 runners, I am the slowest in the mile without beer, so I can never get comfortable or settle in. I constantly need to be running with a sense of urgency."

Anderson's savage chugging skills are not the whole picture, though.

When Draft asked him about his proudest accomplishment, he mentioned winning the Elite 89 Award for having the highest grade point average (4.0) among runners at the 2014 Division III cross country national championships.

As for the future, it's possible that drinking and running may become separate activities for Anderson.

He tells the Pioneer Press now that he's embarking on his career in the accounting world, he's not sure how many more elite-level beer miles are ahead for him.

But he says it's been exciting to be part of the rise of the sport of beer miling, and considers its future bright.

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