Pizza Mile at McCarren Park

Dine and dash! Williamsburg runners scarf pizza mid-trot

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: www.brooklynpaper.com
Say “Cheesy!”: Runners Mary Harvey and Kevin Beganics enjoy slices of pizza while during the Pizza Mile race on June 25.Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Say “Cheesy!”: Runners Mary Harvey and Kevin Beganics enjoy slices of pizza while during the Pizza Mile race on June 25.Photo by Stefano Giovannini

These runners carbed up a little too late.

Traditional fitness wisdom suggests eating carbohydrates between 24 and 48 hours before going on a long run, but athletes at the Williamsburg Pizza Mile turned the convention on its head by eating several slices amid a mile-long dash around the McCarren Park track on Wednesday. The combination was a recipe for nausea, one participant said.

“It was a strange pull of delicious and disgusting,” said Williamsburg runner Mary Harvey. “I actually expected it to feel a lot worse.”

The race, modeled after the Beer Mile, in which runners typically chug four beers during a mile run, required runners to eat a piece of pizza before starting, and an additional piece after each quarter-mile lap. The eating portion was as competitive as the foot-race thanks to inspections in which judges examined the inside of participants’ mouths to ensu

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