Heads up, running and beer drinking fans.
The venue for tonight’s Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships has moved from Yellow Jacket Stadium to Circuit of the Americas.
Athletes competing in the event run a mile, stopping every quarter of a mile to drink a 12-ounce can of beer. Organizers said the event was moved after complaints were raised about the appropriateness of holding the event at Yellow Jacket.
The beer mile has been an unofficial “thing” among runners since the late 1980s, with athletes posting videos of themselves racing and sharing their times. This marks the first year of an sanctioned event, with official timing and the athletes all in one location.
Chris Kimbrough of Austin, who broke the unofficial women’s world record in November, will compete. Also signed up are Olympian Nick Symmonds; athletes Corey Gallagher, Jack Colreavy, Scott Macpherson, Markus Liwing, Brian Anderson and Tully Hannan; Team USA mid-distance runner Katie Mackey, Seanna Robinson and Kristy Smith.
The current men’s world record is 4:57 and the women’s record is 6:26.06.
“The Circuit of the Americas provides the perfect backdrop for our athletes to do what they set out here to do, win the World Championships,” Flotrack co-founder Mark Floreani said in a press release. “Ultimately, we ended up in a world-renowned venue to host our inaugural Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships. The Circuit of the Americas has been a great partner as we pivoted to secure a new location for the event.”
Flotrack is offering a prize purse of $2,500 for the overall winners and a $2,500 bonus if the men’s or women’s unofficial world record is broken.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. Open heats begin at 5:35 p.m. The women’s elite race starts at 7:25 p.m. and the men’s race starts at 7:45 p.m. The Circuit of the Americas is located at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard.
Flotrack.com’s live broadcast of the event will begin at 6 p.m. at http://www.flotrack.org.