Here’s a woman who can handle her booze.
A 81-year-old grandmother crushed the competition at the 2015 FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas. Zipping across the finish line like a bat out of hell, Elvira “Vera” Montes finished the race in just 20 minutes and 24 seconds, downing four lagers in the scurry.
Even better, Montes beat her 47-year-old daughter at her own game, crossing the finish line a full minute earlier. “My daughter Renee told me about. I told her I didn't think I could do it but she encouraged me to,” the El Paso native told the El Paso Times. Montes even managed to emasculate her weak-kneed son-in-law, who was unable to finish the marathon.
For those of you unfamiliar with the arcana of speed drinking, beer miles marry good old-fashioned track and field with the alcoholic gymnastics of the frat house. Runners kick off the race by chugging a 12-ounce beer. After every quarter mile, participants must chug another, which adds up to an additional three times. They aren't recommended for the elderly. [Editor's note:Only one Maxim.com has ever succesfully completed a beer mile, which is embarrasing]
However, the ordeal barely rattled the gray-haired beer-guzzler. "It was just like drinking water," she told The Washington Post.
As it turns out, she has had some practice. Montes is an avid runner who, reportedly, can finish a 5K with no trouble. As for her alcohol endurance, Montes isn’t actually much of a beer drinker. She prefers the hard stuff.
“I'm really a scotch drinker, Chivas if it's available," She told the El Paso Times, "If it was scotch we were drinking instead of beer, I would have run a lot faster.”
Give it up to the oldest finisher of the 2015 FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships. We know she’d kill that scotch mile if she got the chance.
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