August 18, 2012
By Karen Price, Trib Live
The inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile was billed as a race for everyone, a one-Mile run through the heart of the city Friday night that was open to ages 5 through 100.
Until recently, however, Christina Schuliger, 19, could only dream of being included among the mong the estimated 1,200 to 1,500 participants. The North Allegheny High School graduate underwent surgery in October 2010 to remove a brain tumor and part of her cerebellum and, for a while, she couldn’t even walk. Doctors said she’d never run again.
August 17, 2012
Inaugural event in Pittsburgh brings out fast times, three sub-4 minutes Miles and post-race festivities in Market Square
By David Monico, The Mile wire
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – With rain and thunder threatening to slow down the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, sunshine and a windless evening welcomed the those tackling Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Craig "Rowdy" Miller and Heather Kampf, both the reigning U.S. road Mile champions, claimed the professional titles and a $4000 cash prize to kick-off Friday night festivities in the Steel City.
Results: Liberty Mile - Friday, August 17, 2012
1) Craig Miller (TX), 3:58.4, $4000
2) Jordan McNamara (OR), 3:59.1, $2500
3) Jeff See (OH), 3:59.8, $1500
4) Christian Hesch (CA), 4:00.1, $800
5) AJ Acosta (CA), 4:00.9, $500
6) Donald Cowart (VA), 4:01.4, $325
7) Cory Leslie (OH), 4:02.4, $150
8) Abiyot Endale (ETH / NY), 4:02.8, $100
9) Daniel Clark (MI), 4:07.5, $75
1) Heather Kampf (MN), 4:35.8, $4000
2) Gabriele Anderson (MN), 4:36.3, $2500
3) Sarah Bowman (TN), 4:36.6, $1500
4) Kellyn Johnson (AZ), 4:39.8, $800
5) Karly Hamric (WV), 4:41.3, $500
6) Chemtai Rionotukae (KEN), 4:43.4, $325
7) Stephanie Charnigo (OH), 4:46.1, $150
8) Jamie Cheever (MN), 4:46.8, $100
9) Karaleigh Millhouse (PA), 4:49.3, $75
August 17, 2012
Organized by the Pittsburgh Marathon, the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is a road race designed for runners of all ages and ability levels.
By Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For the past four years, the Pittsburgh Marathon has given runners a chance to face the challenge of tackling 26.2 or 13.1 miles. Tonight, there will be a shorter challenge.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 runners will race down Liberty Avenue, taking part in the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile.
August 16, 2012
By Rita Michel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Getting the runners to the starting line in the spring of 2009 was a monumental task.
"It was all-encompassing," said Dee Stathis, who remembered the team joking about "our 60-hour part-time jobs. We had less than a year to put it together," Mrs. Stathis recalled. The reward was more than 10,000 runners entering the race the first year it was back.
August 8, 2012
2012 USA 1 Mile road champions Miller, Kampf headline; $25,000 prize purse with $4000 for each Open race champion
PITTSBURGH – Runners in inaugural races have no race records to break or past champions to beat. At the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday, August 17, top American milers, known for chasing big dreams one mile at a time, are guaranteed to make history in Pittsburgh in the country’s newest Mile race.
July 26, 2012
PITTSBURGH - We sat down with Patrice Matamoros, Race Director for the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, a Bring Back the Mile Featured Event Partner. A passionate Steel City resident and road race promoter extraordinaire, she discusses the road to launching the Liberty Mile, the uniquness of the distance, supporting professional athletes and challenging anyone and everyone to run fast. Patrice has served as the race director of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon since 2008, successfully re-launching it after a 5 year hiatus.
June 11, 2012
By Katie Zak, Essential Public Radio
PITTSBURGH, Pa . - The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon is partnering with a health and nutrition company to host the first GNC Liberty Mile run. It is expected to be the third largest competitive one-Mile road race in the United States.
The event will take place on August 17 and will begin at 7:00pm on Liberty Ave. Runners will line up on 17th Street in the Strip District and cross the finish line on 6th Street downtown. The male and female runners who come in first will each take home $4000.
June 6, 2012
$25,000 prize purse with $4000 for each Open race champion; part of Bring Back the Mile national campaign
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – GNC Holdings, Inc., the nation's largest specialty retailer of health, wellness and sports nutrition products, is proud to partner with Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. to host the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. The race is expected to be the third largest competitive, one-mile road race in the U.S., where world class milers will compete for a $25,000 prize purse with both the male and female winners taking home $4000 each.