Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile

September 14, 2:00pm

Raleigh, NC

The 9th Magnificent Mile Race will be held on Sunday, September 14, in downtown Raleigh. Its flat, fast loop course heads down historic Hillsborough Street, goes around the NC State Capitol Building, and finishes in front of Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern, which resides in the 134-year-old Hecks-Andrew house.

The event is the NC-USATF championship race for the road Mile, part of the Endurance Magazine/NC-USATF Long-Distance Championship Series, and part of the Second Empire Grand-Prix Racing Series. There is a purse of $3000 for the top North Carolina finishers and a $1200 purse for the top non-resident finishers.

In addition to the Competitive Mile, which features a Men’s and Women’s heat, there is also a recreational Mile for those who prefer to walk or jog and two Kids’ Race for youngsters. The event also features the Street Fair on Harrington with free barbecue courtesy of The Q Shack, as well as face-painting, a mobile video-gaming truck and a bouncy house.

The Magnificent Mile is also a Bring Back the Mile Featured Event, showcasing the best Miles across the country and throughout the year.

The event  holds numerous state records across all age groups, including the coveted “Open” category.  The times listed below are both Magnificent Mile course and state records.

4:10.0 Bobby Mack (NC /USA), 2009
4:51.2 Brittany Copeland (NC / USA), 2012

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