Bring Back The Mile – Wanamaker Edition

Mile wire #3-02-13

BARBARA, Calif. ‰ÛÓ The Mile wire is a regular update on the best
stories, exclusive interviews and everything Mile-related. (Photo by Victah Sailer/

Mile Guide: Wanamaker Edition
By Bring Back the Mile
First held in 1908 and known as the Wanamaker Mile
from 1926 on, the famous Mile enters its second year away from the
boards of Madison Square Gardens to the uber fast and energetic New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. Who will be the next great Wanamaker Mile athlete? Will Matthew Centrowitz start a streak that can rival Lagat’s eight Wanamaker Mile titles? Will the collegiate champ, Jordan Hasay or the prep Mary Cain elevate
themselves into the ranks of some of the best Milers of all-time? The
Millrose Games have put together stellar fields once again for Saturday
evening and we’ve compiled a viewer’s guide to settle in with on
Saturday evening. Continue reading at

Matthew Centrowitz Wants Wanamaker Mile Record Saturday
By Peter Gambaccini, Runner’s World
Matthew Centrowitz, 23, won the Wanamaker Mile at the 2012 Millrose Games in 3:53.92. He returns to the Games on Saturday at the Armory in New York with Bernard Lagat’s Wanamaker
record of 3:52.87 as his target. In 2011, while a University of Oregon
undergraduate, Centrowitz was the NCAA 1500-meter champion and the
bronze medalist in the world championships. He was fourth in the 1500 at
the 2012 London Olympics. On February 2, he won the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston in 3:56.26. Continue reading at

Jordan Hasay to Mary Cain: Go to College
By Peter Gambaccini, Runner’s World
Jordan Hasay has been where 2013 indoor track sensation Mary Cain
is right now. Cain, of course, is the Bronxville, New York high school
junior who is the biggest American track story of the moment, smashing
national high school records for the mile, 3000 meters, and the two-mile
that had endured for decades. As a high school runner in California,
Hasay won her first Foot Locker Cross Country crown in her freshman
year, and made the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500-meter final after
setting a national scholastic record in the semi-finals. That mark was
broken last year by Cain. Continue reading at

Jim Ryun Returns to Site of Record Run
By Toni Reavis,
San Diego’s Balboa Stadium
looked much different in 1965 when it was home to the AFL San Diego
Chargers than it does today as home to San Diego High School Cavers. In
the summer of `65 Balboa Stadium hosted the AAU Track & Field
Championships. The highlight of that meet was the one Mile run,
featuring the Olympic gold and silver medalists from Tokyo 1964, New
Zealand’s Peter Snell and Czechoslovakia’s Josef Odložil. Also in the field was the newly minted American mile record holder, Jim Grelle,
a product of Bill Bowerman’s University of Oregon program, and one
other notable worth mentioning, a gangly high school senior out of
Wichita East High School in Kansas, one Jim Ryun. Continue reading at


More on the Mile

Grace on Fire: 5 Questions with Kate Grace
  February 12, 2013 – By Mario Fraioli, Competitor Group
Just Why Do UK & Ireland Over-Perform in the NCAA Mile?
  February 12, 2013 – By TrackBound USA
Masters Sets Maine Mile Record at Tyson Invitational
  February 8, 2013 – By Derek Veilleux, Maine TrackXC
College Basketball Game Includes Halftime Mile
  February 8, 2013 – By Peter Gambaccini, Runner’s World

Check Also

Over 100 Professional Athletes to Contest B.A.A. 5K

More Than 100 Professional Athletes to Race Boston 5K presented by Point32Health and B.A.A. Invitational …

Leave a Reply

NE Runner