Competitors chug beer at last year’s Beer Mile World Championships at Circuit of the Americas. Photo by Julia Robinson for Austin American-Statesman

Chug a beer, run and repeat – four times – and you’ve got the idea behind the beer mile.

12/03/14 Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN;
Michael Cunningham, 24, of New York, chugs a beer during the Men’s Elite Beer Mile World Championships at the Circuit of the Americas track on December 3, 2014.

Last year, the first-ever official beer mile race took place at Circuit of the Americas. Long held unofficially, under cover of darkness at school tracks around the world, the Austin event featured professional meet standards, automatic timing and a $2,500 cash prize for winners. Runners came from as far away as Sweden and Australia to compete, and a Canadian postal carrier sloshed away with the men’s elite trophy.

The event returns to Austin this year, but moves downtown, to the parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman. (Yay me!)

The 2015 FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships are scheduled for Dec. 1. Runners will make four loops on a 400-meter track, chugging a 12-ounce beer with each lap.

Last year’s winner, Corey Gallagher, who narrowly missed snapping the 5-minute mark, plans to return to defend his title.

The event will feature a beer garden, food trucks, music and competitors ranging from Olympians to weekend warriors. Admission is free. The races will be streamed live on

Chris Kimbrough trains for last year’s Beer Mile World Championships. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

TheCHIVE’s KCCO line of beers has been named official beer of the event, and will be served to competitors and available for purchase by spectators.

The event will include two open heats, a sub-elite heat (runners must qualify), a celebrity heat and elite heats for both men and women. Relay divisions are also planned.

For more information go here. Registration will open soon.