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A sport that needs no urine test…

August 31, 2011

Blog Guy, you used to do a better job of covering really stupid sports. Isn’t that still a part of your beat?

Indeed. Have a look at the recent “Race of Beer,” down in Brazil. It’s a 1.2 mile race in which runners carry 12 cans of beer each. The goal is to cross the finish line with the cans empty. It turns out…

Wait! Time out, Blog Guy. You’re deviating from the traditional format! You’re supposed to find photos of something different, and pretend it’s a stupid sport, like Hands-Free Motorcycle Racing or Appliance Golf. This time, it looks like there really IS a “Race of Beer!”

There is. Sorry, but when I see something this stupid I can’t turn my back on it. Blog Guy doesn’t roll that way.

Beer is heavy. Why don’t the “athletes” just pour it out at the start of the race?

According to the organizers, the beer cannot be wasted. That includes barfing, pouring it out or leaving some in the bottom of the can. Teams that waste beer are disqualified.

A sport where you can’t even puke? So this is for real, Blog Guy?

Yes. The race attracted a crowd of nearly 30,000 people this year, and had 55 formal teams and 495 casual participants. There are elaborate costumes, and ingenious schemes for carrying the cans…

That’s very impressive. The organizers must be getting more and more sophisticated every year, right? So what do you think they’ll add next year?

I’m hoping maybe they’ll add a latrine just over the finish line.

Beer race slideshow

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Top: A man tries to drink beer during the Race of Beer in Brasilia August 28, 2011. Participants of the annual race run a 2km (1.2 mile) route while drinking beer along the way and the person with most amount of beer consumed at the finish line is the winner.

Right: Men dressed as Ronald McDonald pose with cans of beer during the Race of Beer.

Left: Men dressed as late British singer Amy Winehouse pose with cans of beer during the Race of Beer.

Bottom left: Women dressed as popcorn participate in the Race of Beer.

REUTERS photos by Ueslei Marcelino

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Comments

Hah! Ronald McSozzled.
I never trusted that dude.

Can we enter a team next year?
We could all dress as either Sarah Palin or Michele BTO and call ourselves the Re-Pub-li-Cans.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

Oh my word, those Amy Winehouse (cross)-dressers nearly made me puke..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

I cannot beer it.
Urine for it with haikus.
Get ev’ry last drop.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive
 

There is a race in Brazil.
Through might and sheer force of will.
The objective is clear.
You must drink all your beer.
And nary a drop should you spill.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive
 

We know what these folks hold dear
Fast legs and 12 cans of beer
Half the fun
Is getting drunk on the run
But the post-race is what I fear

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Rock on, @FriscoJohn — great poems.

I’ll join the haiku party:

Run until you’re drunk
And do not worry about
Reaching finish lines

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Amy Winehouse, Ronald McDonald, and some containers of popcorn walk into a bar and all order 12 beers…

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

And here I thought that wearing a 12 pack in my Mr Beer Hat was quite fashionable, while doing USMC PT runs.

That was, for some reason, not well recieved.

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive
 

We made beer runs in college but, not quite the same.

What’s next? Beer Man Triathlon? :-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive
 

Some fellas sport a six-pack, and some sport a keg.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

The guy in the first pic HAS to be disqualified. And fined for alcohol abuse.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive
 

This story reminds me of running a Hash. Surely (yes, I just called all of you Shirley) some of my fellow OE readers are Hashers. I know some are slashers too, but that’s a different sport. On-On!

“Join a drinking club with a running problem, or the OE Blog Network, whichever.”

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive
 

Boat Races and Pelicans!
Ahh, the halcyon days of college.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

@Dave: Nice reference. I’m not a Hasher, but I know a few people who are, who were, or who hang out with Hashers.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Yes, I did cause the boats and the pelicans to become as inebriated as I was, back in the day!

My tip for the day is to add some grain alcohol to your boats fuel! Caution: Your aquatic vehicle may develop some kind of hiccupping.

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive
 

All right everyone, let’s make this the most commented on Oddly Enough blog ever! Ready? Here we goooooo…

99 bottles of beer on the wall
99 bottles of beeer
Ya take one down
Pass it around…..

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Nice try, Mr.Pilot. You think there would be people coherent enough to comment when the last bottle of beer is taken down and passed around?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

…and there’s 98 bottles of beer on the wall…

aaaand… 98… oh whatever.

The Brazil Beer Race:
Very festive event, but
Carnival’s better.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/02/09/there-were-no-floats-i-didnt-no tice/

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

Ninety seven….-hic-
Ninety sev…bottles…-hic-
Oh man I lurve you guyzzz! Yeerr thu bessess greatest! Imean it! Give me a hug all of you!
Ninety twenty two bottlesssssss..-hic-

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Fifteen…or was it sixteen?

ifly, is this sixteen or fifteen, or was it fifty!??

Wait. Where am I?

Whose aviator glasses are these?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

@Malteser: When they do this race in Malta, do they use malt liquor?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Ih wusss elefenty five Malt! Yesh..deffinilly elefenty five. Did uuuu take Tom Cruuuses afiator glassess?

Oh no I spilted sum beer! Does thah mean I loose? Awww now I haff to go sit on thuh bench.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Good one Spin.

In truth, during the traditional Beer Festival in Malta, the beer competitions are just hilarious to watch. The races generally feature very long glasses and our traditional beer brands.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

Oh and ifly…the aviators have BOB engraved on one of the legs. Must be some acronym for Belly of Beer or something of the sort.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

I helped someone make a beer holding bra this weekend. But we weren’t really in a fit state for running when we’d finished the construction.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

Aren’t all bras designed to hold mugs already?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive
 

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