5Beer5K

2014 5Beer5K

The 2014 5Beer5K will be held at the home of Tom and Vesna Fernandez (26 Mantle Place -- near Oxford and Hyde Park) on Friday August 22. The starting gun goes at 7:35, so get there 20 to 30 minutes earlier. All participants and cheerleaders are invited to relax after the race at Tom and Vesna's back yard. No glass beverage containers around the pool, please!


5Beer5K Rules

I have participated in a few 5Beer5K races over the years and everything has always been fairly loose. So I thought, based on my past experiences and chats with others who have participated, to publish what I believe are appropriate rules for a 5Beer5K.

CONCEPT:

The 5Beer5K is a long distance runner's twist on the Beer Mile -- a well-documented race (see BeerMile.com) where the runner runs 4 laps of a 400 m. track and drinks 4 beers (see www.beermile.com/faq.beer#rules).

So the 5Beer5K is a similar concept. Start with a beer, run 1 kilometre -- and do this a total of 5 times.

For those who haven't done this race, the first thought is that you'll get totally wasted within the half hour it typically takes to run 5 kilometres. But, in fact, most runners feel a bit tipsy by the end -- but not drunk. The bigger issue is that runners feel bloated -- exactly as if the runner had consumed 5 bottles of water while running 5K.

RULES:

1. By virtue of their participation in the race, participants agree to hold anyone associated with the race harmless from any liability, and admit in advance of the race that it is a totally juvenile endeavour -- akin to what one might have done in their high school or college/university years. The participant may be asked to sign a waiver.

2. All participants must either have a designated driver, or bring a tent and a device to ward off coyotes. My calcs are that a 175 lb runner would be at 0.10 blood alcohol level after having 5 "light" beers and would be down to 0.08 after 1 hour 20 minutes, and down to 0.05 after 3 hours 20 minutes, assuming they don't have any more (which is unlikely). So stay over or have a driver.

3. Participants bring their own beverages.

4. Drinks should be in a can or bottle with a minimum size of 341 ml (i.e. a standard Coors bottle). Corona bottles are 300 ml and do not qualify. Fizzy coolers (Palm Bay, Vex) of appropriate size are fine.

5. Drinks must be at least 4% alcohol and carbonated. Non-carbonated ciders, therefore, do not qualify.

6. You must open each beverage immediately before consuming it -- no pre-opening the bottles or cans.

7. After consuming the beverage, you must hold the empty container upside down over your head to prove it is empty before starting your run.

8. If you puke before crossing the finish, you're disqualified -- or you can do a penalty 1K. Puking multiple times doesn't mean you have to do multiple 1K penalty laps, though. Puke must hit the ground or the runners body to be considered for disqualification. If the runner has a "heavy" burp and re-swallows whatever came up, they are not disqualified. I know -- this is gross. But, I've seen the issue come up (pardon the pun) so it had to be clarified.

9. If you stretch before the race, you're disqualified for clearly taking the race too seriously.


TIP: Don't have the beer too cold or you'll get an "ice cream headache". Room temp is fine. If you like your beer cold, avoid the headache by wearing a touque.

TIP: Beer bottles have slightly less beer than cans and may pour faster -- although Brian Murphy had a definite edge with his beer chugging prowess with cans despite the higher volume.

TIP: There is a bit of a trick to preventing puking -- primarily related to slowing down a bit during that last k.


DIVISIONS:

5Beer5K:
Drink a Beer
Run 1k
Drink a Beer
Run 1k
Drink a Beer
Run 1k
Drink a Beer
Run 1k
Drink a Beer
Run 1k

2beer5K
Drink a 1/2 Beer
Run 1k
Drink a 1/2 Beer
Run 1k
Drink a 1/2 Beer
Run 1k
Drink a 1/2 Beer
Run 1k
Run 1k

5Beer5K Relay:
Same as 5Beer5K, but with a team of two runners. Runner 1 drinks beverages 1, 3 and 5 and runs legs 1, 3 and 5. Runner 2 drinks beverages 2 and 4 and runs legs 2 and 4.

Wine Division:
Same as 5Beer5K except the runner consumes 5 small (3 oz) glasses of wine, which can be non-carbonated.

Shot Division:
Same as 5Beer5K except the runner consumes 5 small (1 oz) shot glasses of spirits (e.g. Rye or Scotch whiskey) or liqueur, which can be non-carbonated.

Scotch Flight Division:
Same as Shot Division except the runner consumes 5 small (1 oz) shot glasses of Single Malt Scotch and must read or have recited to him the Scotch's description . The Scotch must be held in the mouth for 1 second for each year of the Scotch's age (e.g. 12 seconds for a 12 year old Scotch).

Lightweight Division:
Same as 5Beer5K except the runner drinks cans of non-alcoholic carbonated beverage.



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