Junk Miles: James Nielsen Breaks Beer Mile World Record

Sixty years ago, Sir Roger Bannister showed that barriers were made to be broken, as the Englishman became the first man ever to run under 4 minutes for the mile with his historic 3:59.4 clocking. On Sunday, James Nielsen of California took down another mark that was previously thought to be unattainable, that of dipping under 5 minutes for the beer mile, which involves drinking 4 beers while running four laps of the track. Watch as Nielson clocks 4:57 to become the first person known to break 5:00 in this unsanctioned event. The previous “official” record, according to BeerMile.com, was the 5:04.9 set by Australian Josh “Harry” Harris in 2013. Nick Symmonds, a silver medalist in the 800m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, holds the U.S. record for the beer mile with a 5:15.0.

“That was really painful,” said Neilsen, CEO of the nonprofit California Runners.

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