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Join The Viking Crew Aiming To Complete The World's Booziest Marathon

Join The Viking Crew Aiming To Complete The World's Booziest Marathon

A British Viking crew that runs marathons to raise money for charity is set to tackle the 'world's booziest marathon' in Belgium this May, and they're offering you the opportunity to take the challenge on with them.

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OK, so there's a lot to unpack there - let's start at the very beginning.

If you reckon you've got it in you to take on a marathon as part of a group of people dressed as Viking warriors, and also reckon that you can get through a decent amount of ale during the journey, then you need to get in touch with Rat Race Adventure Sports.

They're attempting to break a world record throughout 2020 for 'fastest marathon in a 40-person costume' and it just so happens that the costume they've chosen is an 85-foot-long Viking longboat.

Yes, an 85-foot-long Viking longboat. Credit: Rat Race Adventure Sports
Yes, an 85-foot-long Viking longboat. Credit: Rat Race Adventure Sports

Still interested? Well, you'd have to be as berserk as - well - a Viking berserker to take that challenge on.

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Luckily, that's exactly what they're after.

So, one of the opportunities that they've chosen to try to break the record at is known as the 'Beer Lovers' Marathon' in Liege, Belgium.

It takes place in May, later on this year, and it's basically the same as every other marathon, but instead of having water stations at regular intervals, there are 15 stations stocked with different types of Belgian beer.

If you want in, you've got to be tough enough, but also commit to raise £500 for paediatric cancer charities, too.

That's not a difficult sell when you factor in that you'll be taking on the challenge of running a marathon, and also drinking 15 beers, which is kind of a marathon in itself.

Belgian beer and endurance sport, what could go wrong? Credit: Beer Lovers' Marathon
Belgian beer and endurance sport, what could go wrong? Credit: Beer Lovers' Marathon

If this sounds like something you're into, then perhaps you could join the 'Rock The Boat' berserkers.

The founder of Rat Race, Jim Mee, said: : "We're aiming to raise £1 million for Children With Cancer UK through the endeavours of our hardy marathon marauders on board the good ship 'The Million Squid'.

"We will set sail for new uncharted marathons, including world majors, whilst conquering a host of other unclaimed lands closer to home on the way.

"One of those destinations will be the Beer Lovers Marathon in Belgium, which will be a unique test of stamina!

"And with many UK marathons already sold out, we're offering a particularly unique way of making it to the start line."

Marauding through the Yorkshire Marathon last year. Credit: Rat Race Adventure Sports
Marauding through the Yorkshire Marathon last year. Credit: Rat Race Adventure Sports

The longboat made it's debut at the Yorkshire Marathon last year in York, and they're currently awaiting confirmation on whether that is a new world record.

However, they reckon that even that time of six hours and 30 minutes can be bettered by future marauders.

Hell, when it's a beer marathon, it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts.

If you fancy giving this a try, why not head over to the Marathon Marauders website and see if you've got what it takes.

Featured Image Credit: Rat Race Adventure Sports

Topics: News

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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