I was scrolling across Twitter the other day (@nohustlesports) if you aren’t following us! and saw the name Lewis Kent (@LewisKentMiler) pop up across my feed. I had heard the name before but for the life of me could not figure it out. Clicked on his profile and saw that he has a book coming out “A World Champion’s Guide to Running the Beer Mile: A Manual and Memoir of Running, Chugging, and (Not) Throwing Up”
The reason I had heard of Lewis Kent was because he is a world champion at the Beer Mile. This sport always peaked my interest because it combined one activity I hate with one that I love (You can guess which one I hate).
I contacted Lewis about the possibility of doing an interview for our site. He agreed within minutes. He was a class act the entire time and here is the transcript of the interview. If you have any interest in the sport or just curious it is is worth a read. His book is being pre-sold on amazon and you can order your copy here!
1. Tell us about your yourself
– I’m a 24 year old Canadian that loves running and the occasional beer (or four). I started running when I was 10 and ran as a collegiate athlete throughout university. I now work full time as a financial planner.
2. What was the most difficult part of training?
– The most difficult part of training is definitely learning how to chug while out of breath. Learning to chug as fast as possible while standing still took some time, but when you are running 400 meters in close to 60 seconds, it leaves you out of breath going into the beer chug.
3. Do you drink beer when you are not running or training?
– Yes I drink beer when I’m not running or training. I’ll get together with friends to have a few beers and relax once a week.
4. What is your favorite beer to run to?
– I usually race with Amsterdam Blonde, but I only drink that when I race. When I’m relaxing with a beer, my choice is the Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale by Beau’s All Natural Brewing.
5. What advice would you give to future beer milers
– Be safe and have fun! Make sure not to do it underage and always have a designated driver. Aside from that, give it a shot and enjoy it! Whether you fly around the track or struggle, enjoy the fun of it.
6. What is the fastest mile without beer have you ran?
– Without beer, I have run a 4:15 mile.
7. What do you enjoy most in the sport? Beer? Running?
– I enjoy the running the most for sure. The beer drinking definitely is what makes the event exciting from a spectator point of view though.
8. What got you interested in the sport?
– When I was in university, a nearby team invited us to run a beer mile. I had no clue what it was but it sounded interesting so I looked it up and decided to give it a shot. While my first one wasn’t incredible, I quickly learned tricks to get my time down.
9. Did you run track in high school, college, professionally?
– I ran track in high school and college.
10. Do you have any other passions besides running and running with a beer?
– I am passionate about giving back to the local community. Particularly I enjoy supporting initiatives that provide athletic opportunities to underprivileged youth.
11. What is something that has nothing to do with the beer mile that you want to tell your fans?
– Before moving to Canada at the age of 1, I was born in Scotland! Majority of my family is still over there, and I really enjoy going over to visit.
The guys at NoHustleSports want to thank Lewis for taking the time out of his schedule to do this interview.
Seriously order his book! You know it will be good!