Race report: Sunken Well ‘Race to the Top’

OK, well it wasn’t quite the ‘Belly to Belly’ as there were no hotdogs involved, but on Saturday afteroon I branched out to compete in the Sunken Well ‘Race to the Top.’ This race, held annually in Fredericksburg, VA to benefit the SPCA, involves a 2/3 mile out and back run and the downing of 2 beers. Participants – of which there were maybe 30 or 35? – run uphill into the Sunken Well Tavern, chug a beer, continue out the back and up hill steeply to the fire hydrant before running back down – dodging traffic – into the tavern, chugging another beer and then finally returning to where they started.
Before the race I was a little nervous as I have not chugged beer in as long as I can remember, let alone tried to combine it with running. However, I surprised myself. While I am certainly no pro, I was only dealing with Bud light and it wasn’t as hard as I expected! On the way up the challenge was being out of breath which certainly slowed me down. However 2nd time around I was practiced and had less trouble. And while I did not come anywhere close to the young male winner (he finished in 4.20 something), my time was a respectable 5.37 making me first female orFBI!