Some of the world’s most bizarre sporting events

There are countless sports around the world to choose to enjoy, but some are more obscure or remote in location than others. Here is a list of a few sports from around the world that you would have to delve deep to find out about.

The Beer Mile

The beer mile is a race that takes place in many countries around the world but it originated in the United States with the inaugural Beer Mile Championship taking place in Austin, Texas in 2014. The race starts with the drinking of a 355ml beer then running around a 400-meter track before consuming another beer. This goes on in that fashion until the mile is completed. A Canadian by the name of Corey Bellemore is the current champion with a record of 4:28.1. The United Kingdom has its own version, known as the Chunder Mile, where a pint of beer is consumed every lap. The Netherlands and Belgium also have their version of the Beer Mile. There is also the Marathon du Médoc which is a marathon that takes place annually in Bordeaux in September where participants sample 23 different wines. It is affectionately known as “the world’s most idiotic marathon”.  

Ostrich racing

Everyone knows about horse and dog racing but Ostrich racing is also a thing too! Ostriches are the world’s largest bird and are flightless. The sport of Ostrich racing in Southern Africa is fairly common and although it may seem unusual everywhere else, it has since made its way to the United States and parts of Europe. Although the ostriches are harder to manage than horses, people still do it, using saddles, stirrups, and reins. Ostriches can run up to 43 mph in short bursts.

The Birdsville Races

Birdsville is a tiny remote town in Southern Queensland that is host to some surprisingly popular events. The Big Red Bash is a music festival held every July and has hosted some of the biggest Australian musicians including the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Jon Stevens and Kate Cebrano. Another major event held in this little outback town is the Birdsville Races, a 1600-meter turf race that has been run annually since 1882. It has been listed as one of the most iconic horse racing events in Queensland. Anyone who attends needs to be aware of the Birdsville racing odds if they plan to take a punt on the races. The town is over 1000 kilometers from the nearest capital city, which is Adelaide in South Australia.  


This is an event that takes place during Spring Bank Holiday at Coopers Hill in Gloucester, England and has been a merry event that is believed to be about 600 years old. It involves a judge rolling a 7-9 pound round of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill with contestants running down the hill to catch it for the win. People from around the world have participated in the event with Americans, Australians and Kiwis winning over the years. There is both a men’s and ladies race with some people winning multiple times including Chris Anderson with 22 wins, Steven Brain with 18 wins and Flo Early with 4 wins.

So, there you have it. Some of the most obscure, bizarre and remote events in the world. If you are ever in any of these countries during these events, do yourself a favor and get in on the fun. 

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