The elite fields for the inaugural Mile High Mile, to be held Thursday August 16 at the historic CU Pott’s Field, are shaping up to make for an exciting set of races that will get everyone’s hearts pumping. Witness elite athletes dig deep for speed and join fellow fans in cheering runners to their best.
Held in conjunction with the last event of the Boulder Road Runners Summer All Comers Track and Field Series, Citizens and elites each get their turn to toe the line. The mile event will start with at least two All Comers waves starting at 7:45pm followed by a competitive women’s race at 8:15 and the men’s race at 8:30 to cap off the night under the lights.
Registration for the All Comers meet takes place at the event starting at 5:30 and is $7.
A unique prize payout with support from Sage Dental, is set up for athletes who can run under a set threshold (4:30 for men and 5:12 for women), $25 + $5 per second for every second under that threshold. The Mile High Mile’s aim, to support local runners and to create competitive and deep fields. Other prizes for top finishers are provided by Roll Recovery and the Boulder Running Company and will be presented in a podium presentation following the races.
Kathy Butler of Run Boulder AC commented, “A lot of these athletes don’t have the means to travel often for races, so this is a great opportunity for them to run competitively in town.”
Here is a preview of the line up for both men and women fields for the Mile High Mile representing a variety of teams and clubs from around the area.
Maggie Montoya (Roots Running Project- 361 and Roka)
Brittany Grant (Bellingham Distance Project/Citius Mag)
Emma Kertesz (2943 Track Club)
Susan Tanui (WCAp/ADP)
AnnMarie Kirkpatrick (Shoes and Brews)
Kristen Arendt (Boulder Harriers)
Kaitlyn Barthell (Boulder Track Club)
Melissa Mazzo (Boulder Track Club)
Samantha Calderon (Run Boulder AC)
Bailey Kowalczyk (Boulder Track Club)
Andrew Wise (Club Northwest/Citius Mag)
John Minen (Boulder AC)
Timothy Rackers (Boulder Track Club)
Sean Vandermosten (Roots Running Project)
Thomas Heffernan (Boulder Harriers)
Kyle Mena (Run Boulder AC)
Matthew Bevil (Boulder Racing)
Ian Butler (Boulder Harriers)
Joe Zamadics (Boulder Track Club)
Kurt Roeser (Boulder Harriers)
Trevor Turner (Run Boulder AC)
Tyler Scholl (Peak Performance Running)
Terry Witkowski (Jefferson Academy)
Dean Frankel (Run Boulder AC)
Eric Singleton (Peak Performance Running)
Ian Anderson (Boulder Track Club)
The Mile High Mile Challenge
The “King and Queen of the Mile” will be crowned as part of the Mile High Mile Challenge: The fastest combined time of the Pearl Street Mile held last week and the Mile High Mile. As of right now, Tim Rackers and Kurt Roeser may be the top contenders on the men’s side and for the women, it looks to be a dual between Maggie Montoya and Margaret Connelly.
For the All Comers races there are a few that are looking to break the 5 minute barrier for the first time on the track. Runners who are running a PR and will slip under the 5 min mark for the first time, will have the opportunity to ring a gong, and will be awarded with coffee from the Trident Cafe and Booksellers.
The Mile High Mile will feature Fully Automatic timing for all waves with a digital scoreboard, live commentary by Rob Vermillion with color from Noah Droddy, finish line tape and a podium presentation for the elite fields. A food truck and Sweet Cow Ice Cream will be on location for hungry attendees.
Live results wil be available at http://femmertiming.com/2018_Mile_High_Mile/index.html
More information can be found at MileHighMile.club.
Photos Courtesy of Dave Albo – Lane1Photos.com and Todd Straka.