CLARENCE Valley athlete Jason Limbert etched his name in the upper echelons of local sports stars and local beer lovers on Monday.
The 23-year-old travelled to Port Macquarie at the weekend with his father Chris and close mate Keaton Ingram with all three taking part in the gruelling Ironman Australia Triathlon.
But Limbert's crowning moment did not come until Monday when the three men competed side by side in the annual Beer Mile.
The Beer Mile is a race in which competitors start by chugging a can of beer before running a quarter of a mile. Entrants repeat the process until they have completed four laps, or one mile (1.6km).
The event has run in conjunction with the Ironman triathlon for the past eight years and is now a firm favourite with many athletes who take the opportunity to unwind after pushing themselves to the limit in the triathlon.
Limbert said that while the triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run), was a gruelling affair, the Beer Mile was just that little bit harder to successfully complete.
"I was going really well in the Ironman race until it came to the running section," he said.
"I ended up finishing in a time of about 13 hours and 15 minutes, crossing the line alongside my dad.
"It was a really tough slog throughout that race but we did a great job.
"The Beer Mile was half the length of that but it was really hard to drink and run like that."
"Keaton and I are keen to become Ironman legends and to do that you have to race in the same Ironman for 10 years," he said.
"We have been going to the event ever since we turned 18 so we have now completed five and will definitely do the 10.
"The Beer Mile was just something to do for a bit of fun. Everyone who completes the Ironman challenge the day before is invited to take part in the event so we thought we would give it a go.
"We aren't massive competitors, like we don't get out and train every day. In fact the most training we do is the run between pubs, which probably helped me win."
Unfortunately for Limbert the running of the race came at a bit of a cost, with the 23-year-old not able to stop himself from being sick after the completion of the race.
"It was not pretty," he said.
"My parents are going to be really proud of me spewing in public, I bet."
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