They say a beer mile levels the playing field and this picture proves it. Running phenom, Richard Verney (winner of the ’94 Catalina Marathon, tries to extend his lead over Don “The Jacket” Norcross, sports columnist from the San Diego Union Tribune – whoa, who’d have thunk it?!
Annual Encinitas Beer Mile* – Part 2 - Improving on PerfectionThey say that you can’t improve on perfection. Perfection is a word many used to describe the inaugural Encinitas Beer Mile on December 31st of 2004 and the skepticism was discernible as word started to spread of a second edition. The conditions that would be required to reproduce the festive, no, down right jubilant atmosphere of the first event were considered to be a veritable perfect storm of weather conditions, idiots, and, of course, beer. As fate would have it the first significant rain of the winter arrived on December 31st, 2005, the idiots, who it seems multiplied since last year, were ready and willing, and the liquor store was having a sale on, you guessed it, beer. So it was that an out of category beer mile was spawned.
The same scenario as in ‘04 played out again this year with a similar cast of characters plus about 20 additional idiots (there seems to be no shortage) but this time adherence to the rules (yes, there are actually rules) listed on www.beermile.com became part of the obvious challenge that includes four 12-ounce beer (note, Canadians don’t pluralize the word and, after all, aren’t they the experts?) and 4-laps around a track. Those who had participated for the first time in ’04 were one year wiser and wanted to officially carve their name into history. Only by strictly adhering to the rules would this happen. Many claimed to be a “beer miler” but no one had yet become the genuine article. It’s kind of like playing putt-putt and calling yourself a golfer…spending a day at Big Surf in the Arizona desert and calling yourself a surfer… doing an Ironman 70.3 race and calling yourself an Ironman…sleeping at a Holiday Inn and calling yourself a doctor…you get the idea.
The number one change from ’04 to ’05 for most competitors would be the beer. No more Corona, Pacifico, or Coors Light, all fine beer to be sure (well, ok, someone did drink Coors Light but this was their first year), but none on the approved list. Basically, if it’s not 5% alcohol by volume, it’s not officially approved beer. Murphy “Rule of Law” Reinschreiber, the uber umpire, would ensure that those who wanted to be among the few, the proud, the officially sanctioned “beer miler” at the finish line were quaffing the real deal. The most popular brand seemed to be Miller Genuine Draft but that wasn’t for lack of creativity. Because the venue is used by the public, we wanted to ensure there was no chance of broken glass and MGD seemed to be the most palatable option that was in a can.
Like last year, the women folk were given the option of equality with the guys but, like last year, all chose to start the race with their first lap instead of a beer. By foregoing the first can, you’d think the lead might have been more than it was over the men who had to down twelve ounces before setting off in pursuit – not the case at all. Roch Frey and a couple of others seemed to inhale their first beer and had overhauled the leading women 200-meters into the race. Paula Newby-Fraser overheard Frey puffing “the hell with pacing” and he motored by on the back straight. The strategy would pay off as the newly shorn Canadian (soon to be American) ended up fourth in 7-minutes flat – holy smokes, eh! The women, who all decided that three beer was plenty still blazed to new race records – though their accomplishments would not be officially recognized. There were rumors after the race that, though Heather had not consumed any beer since 1983, her goal for the December 31st, 2006 event was the full quota of 4-beer – just like the guys. Upon the dissemination of this revelation, the sound of cans and bottles opening could be heard everywhere. The gauntlet had been thrown down and it would be another year of relentless training.
Results for the 2nd Annual Encinitas Beer Mile - the culmination of a season of preparation.
We salute every competitor’s heroic efforts to get to the most alluring and yet elusive finish line in all of sport.
Thanks to Murphy "The Rule of Law" Reinschreiber for officiating and Joe "Check" Czech for timing. Thanks to all the spouses, friends, and kids (kids?!) who were there to help out, cheer and/or serve as designated drivers.
1. David "I'm Not Santa" Kloz (not sure about the spelling of his last name) - 6:46* - Guinness - Men's Overall - Winner of the coveted Surfing Beer Monkey + the bonus 32-ounce bottle of King Cobra for the over all title - * denotes new race record
2. Peter "The Cleat" Ligotti - 6:49 - Coors
3. Doug "Glory Days" Miller - 6:56 - Miller Genuine Draft
4. Roch "Go, eh" Frey - 7:00 - MGD
5. Mike "The Brewery" Drury - 7:02
6. Paul "El Eructo" Huddle - 7:14 - MGD
7. Marc "Another Tinny Please" Lees - 7:20 - Corona
8. Richard "Kiwi" Verney - 7:21 - MGD
9. Heather "No Beer Fear" Fuhr - 7:23* - Female Overall - Winner of the coveted Surfing Beer Monkey - Corona - (3-beer, eh) - * denotes new race record
10. Jason "Tougher than Clough" Tuffs - 7:30 - MGD
11. Andrew "Triple Bock" Block - 7:38 - MGD
12. Sian "Look At Me" Welch - 7:38 - Pabst Blue Ribbon
13. Terry "Oh Canada" Martin-Duvel - 7:59 - Coors
14. Charlie "Charlie?" Nagy - 8:00 -
15. Rob "Hard Core" Evans - 8:24 - Pacifico
16. Terry "Clean Living" Taylor - 8:25 - O'Douls Non-Alcoholic
17. Mark "What Wife?" Vigil - 8:36 - Coors
18. Brian "Cinderella Story" Miller - 8:52 - Coors
19. Paula "Uno Mas" Newby-Fraser - 9:15 - Corona (3-beer, eh)
20. Linda "Have Another" Vigil - 9:30 (ish) - Best Drunk Award (3-beer, eh) - Coors
21. Billy "Water Boy" Duvel - 9:35 - Coors
22. Tim "I'm Drowning" Lachow - 9:43 - MGD
23. Tony "AARP" Glover - 9:54 – some import in a bottle
24. Chris "Go Chargers" Mottino - 10:00 - Pacifico
25. Brian "White Trash" Wells - 10:20 - Coors Light
26. Jay Prasuhn - 10:40 - Tecate
27. Don "The Jacket" Norcross - 10:54 - Coors
28. JT "Rough & Tough" Clough - 10:58 - Corona (3-beer, eh)
29. Merritt "Who Are These People" Jackman - 11:15 – some import in a bottle
30. Brian "Foaming Mayhem" Culley - some import in a bottle - yikes!
Brian’s time is unknown but thought to be around 8:00 including penalty lap for throwing up three times (a new record).
*Multisports.com does NOT condone irresponsible consumption of alcohol. The views expressed above are in no way a reflection of Multisports.com. Really, they’re not.