December 19, 2011
Ex-Oak Ridge runner wins stomach-churning Eggnog Mile

For the fifth straight year, high school and college cross country runners with a taste for adventure met Saturday at the Bella Vista High School track to participate in the Sacramento Eggnog Mile.

Amjed Aboukhadijeh, a former Oak Ridge student, who currently runs for UCLA took first place with a time of 5:44, winning by a margin of just over 20 seconds.

There were 75 competitors at this year's event, including six current and former Oak Ridge high school athletes, who were brave enough to take on the challenge.

The Eggnog Mile rules are: each runner must drink 12-ounces of eggnog at the starter's gun, then take off on the first of four laps that add up to a mile.

After laps one, two and three, runners must stop and drink another 12-ounce cup before resuming.

Anyone who vomits during the race is penalized by having to run an extra lap.

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