Tuesday, August 30, 2011

House of Payne Beer Run

The 4th edition of House of Payne Beer Run was a blast! Drinking, running, laughing, fooling around and then repeat. After a couple of beers I felt like a kid at Wonderland. And it's no wonder, considering that almost everybody was wearing a costume and was acting like a kid.

Bryan raised the bar this year, making the Beer Run a World Class event. He got a new banner, a major league trophy cup and had some professional voice over work done for the opening ceremonies. This year also there was a record turnout for the HOP Beer Run: 17 people.

People were stopping on the street to stare at us. And they had a good reason. Where else would  you see Osama bin Laden (a.k.a. John B.) walking side by side with a 200 pounds baby girl (a.k.a. Matty-O), followed by two bunnies hand in hand (John and Fran).

And here's me, dressed as a beer bottle. Not very creative. Next year I'm surely going to do better. 

The Beer Run is a prediction run, everyone writes down the time they think it will take to finish, then they run with no watches or timing devises. The winner is the one whose actual time comes closest to their predicted time. Last year I predicted 18 minutes and it took me 44 minutes. Running is the easy part, drinking fast is the really hard one. This year I chose a more realistic time: 36:59, thinking that if I drink slower from the beginning I can beat my last year's time. The first beer and the first Km were easy and fast. The second was still OK. By the third I was already trying not to puke. I had to slow down with the drinking otherwise I 'd have puked. Puking is considered a penalty and you have to drink one more beer and run one more km. So, I slowed down and slowed down and in the end I managed to finish the race in 45:38 min, worse than last year. At that time I did not care anyways. I was in the zone and I wasn't the only one. It seems that everyone else lost their inhibitions. Then is when the humping started. It was everywhere.

This year the winner was The Captain himself. He was ecstatic when he heard the results, as you can see from the picture:

After the race was done we moved inside, where we had more beers and wings. The beer was flowing from the kegarator and everybody had a very good time. Then is when Al took me on the trampoline for a wrestling match, or the Battle Royal as it was named last year. Al is twice my height and weight, not really, but that's how he looks like when is your adversary in a wrestling match. I did not stand a chance until Matty jumped in to help me. Together, (mostly Matty ha-ha), we managed to cripple Al. Then I had my revenge, sitting on Al and pulling his cheeks and just making fun of him. Al is very stubborn though and kept saying that he's not going to give up, no matter how hard Matty and I was trying to make him to tap out. It was then when Bob, who is a fireman, came in to help Al out. Matty and I were no match to Al and Bob together and we tapped out quickly. Luckily no one else jumped in, so this year I ended up only with a bloody knee, which is not bad considering the circumstances.

I had to leave the House of Payne at 10:00 PM because the next day I was doing the Toronto Island Sprint Triathlon and I knew that if I stay any longer than that I won't be able to wake up in the morning. 

Here's the official 2011 House of Payne Beer Run video:

For more videos and pictures go to: http://houseofpaynebeerrun.blogspot.com/.

Some other participants HOP Beer Run posts, as they remember it:


  1. haha, loved your take on it, great job getting the whole day written up in about half the words than I did :)

    As always it was awesome seeing you and Miha again.

    Until next year my friend! (I will have some new wrestling moves to unveil by then too haha).

  2. Loved the recap! It was great seeing you and Miha again this year! Hope your tri went well the next day!

  3. Peter - We had a great time, indeed.

    Matty - Half the words and it probably took me double the time to write it. Ha-ha.
    Keep working hard on those wrestling skills. You gotta stay in shape in order for us to beat Al again. Ha-ha.

    Heather - Thanks! It was great seeing you and Matty again, too. My sprint tri went OK the next day, considering the circumstances.

  4. Funny comparing stories between all of you bloggers!! Looks like a blast!