“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” - Dalai Lama

Rule 1

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).

Rule 2

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.

Rule 3

3. The race begins with the drinking of the first beer in the last meter of the transition zone to ensure the competitors run a complete mile (1609 meters).

Rule 4

4. In the spirit of South African equality Women will also drink four beers in four laps.

Rule 5

5. Competitors must drink canned beer and the cans should not be less than 330ml (the standard SA can volume). Bottles MAY be substituted as long as they are the correct volume and alcohol content.

Rule 6

6. No specialised cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. ie "wide mouth bottles" are prohibited.

Rule 7

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.

Rule 8

8. Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders and lemonades will not suffice. The beer must be a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and flavoured with hops. For an abbreviated list of valid beers and exception please consult us via the Contact Us page.

Rule 9

9. Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition zone on each lap.

Rule 10

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: Vomiting more than once during the race still requires only one penalty lap at the end.


A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powel

Research & Insights

Study up on which beer goes down easiest! Some are flatter than others.


Legend, Charles Hodgson recommends not rushing the run, to much stomach movement makes it difficult to down the beer effetively.

Practice, Practice, Practice

You can only get better by training and drinkning more!.

About Us

There is not much to say other than we are passionate about the combination of beer and running! So if you feel the same way come and join us!

Charles Hodgson


African Beer Mile Champion.

Glynn Allen


Running + Beer = Happy.



Primarily a beer Enthusiast.

Tony "Banderos" Mundy-Castle


Claim to fame, last place in the first Beer Mile SA

Results 2013 December
Position Name Time
1 Charles "Hank" Hodgson 6:43.0
2 Michael "The Vessel" Thomas 8:01
3 Glynn Allen 8:09
4 Alex Roberts 8:19
5 Craig Lyall 9:36
6 Chris Icely 14:13
7 Timothy "Novak" Ross 15:16
8 Anthony "Banderos" Mundy-Castle 17:43
9 David Allen DNF
Results 2014 September
Position Name Time
1 Charles "Hank" Hodgson 7:09.0