Statesville Beer Mile champion Jared Bowman acknowledges the crowd as he runs along Broad Street.
(Photo courtesy Brad Borders)

Statesville Beer Mile champ wins bet, earns bragging rights

Posted at 12:19 AM on Aug 4, 2019

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BY THOMAS ALEXANDER

As Statesville's inaugural Beer Mile was about to begin on Saturday night, I spotted Jared "Wolfpup" Bowman approaching the starting line.

A few years ago, he kicked my butt in an F3 event. I was around 50 years old and ended up in the emergency room, unceremoniously ending my career as a hard-core fitness enthusiast. It was my last day competing at that level as I came face to face with my age and mortality.

Meanwhile, Jared has gone onto greater things, including conquering the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh three times. (If you think that sounds easy, go out tomorrow afternoon and run 2.5 miles to Bi-Lo, grab a dozen donuts, eat them in the parking lot and then run another 2.5 miles.)

A National Guardsman who deploys in two weeks, he had never participated in a beer run before Saturday. He was intrigued when he started researching them on YouTube and signed up.

He and his wife, who is expecting the couple's third child, had a friendly wager before the big race.

"My wife said if I threw up before the race was over that I had to give her a backrub and rent a movie. If I didn’t throw up, then she said she would give me a backrub and rent the movie.”

For those who missed Saturday's race, the concept is simple: Contestants run one-quarter of a mile, drink a 12-ounce beer, run another one-quarter of a mile, drink another beer, run another one-quarter of a mile, drink another beer, and then run, walk or stagger the last quarter-mile to the finish line.

After downing the first beer, Jared said he thought I “got to keep going.” After the second lap and beer, he was fixated on the word “carbonation” -- and the feeling that comes from running with 24 ounces of beer sloshing around in your stomach.

After the third beer, he focused on one thought -- “only one more lap to go” -- as he dusted the field.

Other competitors struggled to keep the beer down, but most managed to make it to the finish line with all 36 ounces of beer.

Only Jared has earned bragging rights as Statesville's Beer Mile champion.

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