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College Student Shotguns 13 Beers During Half-Marathon

He still averaged just under eight minutes a mile.

Emmet Farnan is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, an amateur runner, and a consumer of alcohol. Like many before him, he recently managed to combine the latter two pursuits, this time in a stunt that was a twist on the beer mile.

On April 1, Farnan ran a half-marathon, or 13.1 miles, shotgunning a Coors Light at every mile. For the uninitiated, that means that he cut a hole in the bottom of each can and, upon popping the top, slurped its contents out in seconds. He finished the race—against 1,700 other runners and common sense—in one hour, 43 minutes, 42 seconds, an average of just under eight minutes per mile.

“I thought, you know, I’ll do the [half-marathon], but I haven’t been training properly,” Farnan told Runner’s World. “How do I run it without being worried about my time?” So to take his mind off how bad his time might be, he chose beer, which seems like a reasonable strategy.

As Runner’s World notes, Farnan’s stunt wasn’t as rigorous as an official beer mile, in which participants must not shotgun beers or throw up, as Farnan did at one point. Still, he ran much much farther than a mile and, like few of his contemporaries, has a viral video to prove it.