Lewis Kent is uniquely gifted.
The Ontario resident seems to have a knack for, well, running and drinking beer at the same time. In fact, he’s so good at it, he just broke a world record at the Beer Mile event (yes, this is a thing), which sees participants chug a beer and then run a lap on a track. They do this four times, to run a total distance of one mile.
“The first time I ran a beer mile it was very uncomfortable. That’s why I make sure to train my stomach leading into beer miles to deal with the mass volume of beer while running,” Kent wrote to The Loop in an email.
In other words, a Canadian just broke a world record only a Canadian could break. And we’re not just saying that, either. We seem to have a certain skill for this quirky sport. Canadian men dominate the top two spots in the record books, and there are four Canadians total in the top 10. We also arguably invented the sport altogether (really, who else could?).
This year, Kent finished with a time of 4:51.90, beating the former record of 4:54.38 set by fellow Canadian Corey Gallagher. The pair have actually been swapping the world record over the past few months, so it looks like Canada will hold the top spot for some time to come.
“I plan on competing for as long as my body keeps up. Definitely at least until my early 30s, but hopefully well into my 40s,” he said.
As for the secret to Kent’s success? Toronto-brewed Amsterdam blonde seems to be his drink of choice for the runs, which he says contains the “perfect amount of carbonation and going down smoothly,” although it probably has more to do with his Canadian DNA than anything else.
Kent and Gallagher will face off head-to-head at the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships on Dec. 1 in Texas. And you can bet they’ll need a whole lot more than beer goggles to come out on top.
You can watch Kent do his thing in the video below.