▶️ Chug, Run, Chug Some More: Bend Boasts World Beer Mile Champ

By Brooke Snavely
Central Oregon Daily

Central Oregon is home to elite athletes in many disciplines… biking, skiing and distance running to name a few.

Monday we learned of a local athlete who just won the World Beer Mile Championship in Berlin, Germany.

First, the rules: Drink a 12-ounce beer, run a quarter mile as fast as you can; drink another beer and run another lap as fast as you can. Do that four times.

Bend resident Allison Morgan says the hardest part of of competing in the Beer Mile World Classic is running hard with a belly full of beer.

Even people who aren’t athletes know that’s not a good combination.

“The crazy thing is you don’t feel it until after the race. I think when you are running that fast and chugging that fast you kinda feel that sloshing in your belly, that uneasiness, that uncomfortableness. You have to get through that. You have to hold it down,” Morgan said. “So part of it is, don’t throw up before you finish or you get a penalty lap. It was sort of right as I crossed the line, yeah, I feel it. Usually you throw up soon after and then you feel great. You get it all out of your system.“

Morgan dominated the race wire-to-wire, earning her first Beer Mile World Class title in a time of 6 minutes, 24 seconds; 7 second short of the world record.

Morgan says she will try for the women’s Beer Mile World Record next year. In the meantime, she is trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics Marathon.

Morgan admits to having advantages. She trains in Bend which is high elevation compared to Berlin, and she drinks beer. But doing both during competition, that’s a challenge.

COCC Bend Campus to Open New (and very blue) Track

Central Oregon Community College in Bend is upgrading its track and field facilities.

Probably the first thing people will notice is the color of the new track. It’s a deep and bright blue, one of the college’s official colors.

Tree roots grew in under the edges of the old track and caused uneven surfaces.

The latex running surface is applied in two layers and is guaranteed for five years. At the same time, crews are leveling the grass field inside the track, reseeding and updating irrigation systems.

The project will cost $197,000.

Mazama track and field is heavily used by students playing intramural and club sports, by faculty staff, and the public. The field also hosts community events including high school district track meets, the annual salmon bake and commencement ceremonies.

The track is expected to open for use by August 26th.

It is open to the public during school hours.