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You do not have to run the race to register! Come on out and have some fun with your running friends!

Limit of 100 spots for the optional Beer Mile!

Apply online only through 8/20!  You will have an option of mailing a check.

We will provide hot dogs, chips, soda, water and (of course) beer for AFTER your run.

There is no requirement that you drink beer in order to run the mile.  However, if you do wish to drink you must provide 4 beers or drink of your choice for your run.

We can always use a few volunteers for grilling and set up/clean up. If available please email Jerry Kolb at jerry.kolb@gmail.com

Feel free to bring a game (bags, washers, etc.) we will have the beer garden all to ourselves.

Any proceeds will go to the IVS Half Marathon. (Although we are really just doing this for the hell of it!)


Exposition Gardens

1601 W Northmoor Rd, Peoria, Illinois 61614

Park to the North of the Beer garden (through the gate and to the right.)

The Beer Mile will be run to the West of the entrance so please do not park there.

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Heats will start at or around 4pm. There will be 4 heats of 25 to minimize crowding at the tables in the transition zone.

Although we will be timing the run, this is a non competitive event. There are no awards!

We will start cooking around 5pm.

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Exposition Gardens

1601 W Northmoor Rd, Peoria, Illinois 61614

1. Each competitor drinks four cans of beer and runs four laps on a track
(Start - beer/lap, beer/lap, beer/lap, beer/lap - finish).
2. Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun, within the
transition area which is the 10 meter zone before the start/finish
line on a 400m track. ...
3. The race begins with the drinking of the first beer in the last meter
of the transition zone to ensure the comptitors run a complete mile
(1609 meters).
4. Women also drink four beers in four laps (past rule lists only required
ladies to drink three beers).
5. Competitors must drink canned beer and the cans should not be
less than 355ml (the standard can volume) or 12oz (the imperial equivalent).
Bottles may be substituted for cans as long as they are at least
12 oz (355 ml) in volume.
6. No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage
by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. ie "super mega
mouth cans" or "wide mouth bottles" are prohibited.
7. Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner, ie. no
shotgunning or puncturing of the can except for opening the can by
the tab at the top. The same applies with bottles - no straws or
other aids are allowed in order to aid in the speed of pouring.
8. Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume.
9. Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the
transition zone on each lap.
10. Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete
one penalty lap at the end of the race (immediately after the
completion of their 4th lap). Note: Vomitting more than once
during the race still requires only one penalty lap at the end.
* It is strongly recommended, when attempting official records, to tip the empty beer
can or bottle over your head at the end of a chug to verify an empty vessel.
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