Minnesota Mile

Minnesota Mile

Fri, September 7, 2018, 6:00pm

Duluth, MN

2018 event news coming in the near future!

The 2017 Minnesota Mile was run on a new course near downtown Duluth, a Mile loop on Minnesota’s scenic Skyline Parkway with spectacular views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River Bay and Minnesota’s fall foliage. Take in all the beauty Duluth has to offer during this majestic time of year!

The 11th edition included a number of race divisions: Wheelchair Mile, Verizon Wireless Kids Mile (Ages 8 to 14), All City Mile (Recreational), Duluth Mile (Semi-Elite) and Minnesota Mile (Open prize purse totals $17,000 and goes 8-deep per gender: $2500, $1800, $1200, $900, $800, $600, $400 and $300 plus $1000 for first Master (40 & older), $500 per gender).

The professional Mile was the fourth of 5 stops on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017.

The two fastest Miles ever run on Minnesota soil happened at the 2013 event; see times and athletes below.

EVENT RECORDS
3:53 Ben Blankenship (USA / OR), 2013
4:22 Gabriele Anderson (USA / MN), 2013

2017 Minnesota Mile Champions
Ben Blankenship (USA / OR), 4:07
Heather Kampf (USA / MN), 4:42

The Minnesota Mile was part of the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014-16. The event was also the 14th stop and finale of the nationwide inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013.

Elite athlete contact, Sarah Culver: sarah@grandmasmarathon.com

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Blankenship, Lipari Win Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017 Titles

October 01, 2017

Grand prix tour with 5 stops awarded more than $100,000 plus $10,000 #Tour2017 GP purse; Clayton Murphy & Emily Lipari earn Tour Performance-of-the-Year bonus; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” online contest at every stop for fourth edition

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Blankenship wins Minnesota Mile with a heavy heart, fast feet

September 07, 2017

Kampf captures women's race also in blanket finish; 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017; finale on Sunday, October 1 at The Navy Mile in Washington, DC

By Louie St. George, Duluth News-Tribune

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Two-Time Race Champions Bolas, Kampf Return to Minnesota Mile

September 06, 2017

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Minnesota Mile 2017: New Date, New Course

July 20, 2017

Home of two fastest Miles ever run on Minnesota soil the 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017

From the Duluth News Tribune and Grandma's Marathon

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Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017 Events Announced

February 16, 2017

4th Tour edition includes 5 stops; total Tour prize purse exceeds $110,000; Grand Blue Mile opens 2017 season on Tuesday, April 25 in Des Moines; Running Warehouse’s fan engagement contest also tied to each Tour event

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Kampf Three-Peats, Masters Wins Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016 Titles

October 02, 2016

Grand prix tour with 6 stops awarded more than $125,000 plus $10,000 GP purse; Tour Performance-of-the-Year by Ben Blankenship & Emily Lipari; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for third edition

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O’Hare, Lipari Win 10th Minnesota Mile

September 11, 2016

4th stop on Bring Back the Mile Tour 2016; two-time defending women’s Tour champion Kampf adds to her standings lead; Crawford & Palmer tied for the men with two events remaining

From Grandma’s Marathon

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The Navy Mile Joins Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016

April 12, 2016

Second event edition will be the sixth and final stop of the Tour 2016 featuring a total prize purse exceeding $120,000; Medtronic TC 1 Mile next stop on May 12

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Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016 Events Announced

January 27, 2016

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Bolas, Grunewald once again champions of the Minnesota Mile in Duluth

September 14, 2015

“Anytime I do get a chance to run a full Mile, I do think that’s special because it’s such an iconic distance."

By Matt Wellens, Duluth News Tribune

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Bolas, Kampf Defend Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour Titles

September 13, 2015

Grand prix tour with 4 stops awarded more than $80,000 plus $7500 GP purse; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for second edition

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Bolas, Grunewald Win Titles at Minnesota Mile

September 13, 2015

$20,100 awarded in prize money; Bolas defends Minnesota Mile and also captures BBTM GP Tour 2015

From Grandma's Marathon

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Bolas, Grunewald Headline Grandma’s Minnesota Mile

September 10, 2015

The 9th edition, with a $20,100 prize purse, is the finale of the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015; final GP positions and prize money will be decided in downtown Duluth on Sunday, September 13

From Grandma's Marathon

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Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015 Events Announced

January 27, 2015

Grand prix tour includes 4 stops; total Tour prize purse exceeds $85,000; Camel City Mile opens Tour 2015 on Saturday, January 31; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” fan engagement online contest also returns

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A New Look to the Minnesota Mile

September 10, 2014

"Bring Back the Mile, Ryan Lamppa, has created this awesome circuit and really promoted it incredibly well through social media trying to get more attention for middle distance races particularly the Mile." - Jack Bolas, 2014 Minnesota Mile champion

From WDIO in Duluth, MN

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C Tolle Run Episode 193: Minnesota Mile 2014

September 10, 2014

By Carrie Tollefson, CTolleRun.com

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Bolas, Kampf Win Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 Titles

September 08, 2014

Inaugural grand prix tour with six stops offered more than $85,000 plus $7500 GP purse; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (September 8, 2014) – Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf won the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour...

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Bolas, Kampf Claim Crowns at Minnesota Mile

September 07, 2014

Duo also win inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 titles

From Bob Gustafson

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Minnesota Mile Elite Field Announced

September 03, 2014

The 8th edition, with a $20,100 prize purse, is the finale of the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014; final GP positions and prize money will be decided in Duluth

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Bring Back the Mile Pick-the-Winner Contest Launched

January 28, 2014

Presented by Running Warehouse, fans can choose their favorites to win Saturday’s Camel City Indoor Miles, first stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2014, for a chance to win prizes

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Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 Announced

January 22, 2014

Inaugural grand prix tour includes six stops; total Tour prize purse exceeds $90,000; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” fan engagement contest

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Inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 Ends with a Flourish

September 12, 2013

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Blankenship, Anderson Shatter Course Records at Minnesota Mile

September 08, 2013

Fastest Miles ever run in Minnesota; eight men go sub-4 minutes; 7th edition ends inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

By Bob Gustafson

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a day for records at Sunday’s seventh Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth.

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Bring Back the Mile Pick-the-Winner Contest Launched

January 28, 2014

Presented by Running Warehouse, fans can choose their favorites to win Saturday’s Camel City Indoor Miles, first stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2014, for a chance to win prizes

By Bring Back the Mile

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (January 28, 2014) – As part of the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014, BBTM launched today its “Pick-the-Winner” contest presented by Running Warehouse. Fans are able to select their favorite Milers to win the Men’s and Women’s professional Miles on Saturday, February 1 at the Camel City Indoor Mile, part of the Hilton Garden Innvitational collegiate track meet in Winston-Salem, N.C. Fans who select the correct winner in either race will be in the running to win a $50 gift certificate to Running Warehouse as well as BBTM gear.

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Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 Announced

January 22, 2014

Inaugural grand prix tour includes six stops; total Tour prize purse exceeds $90,000; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” fan engagement contest

By Bring Back the Mile

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (January 22, 2014) – Bring Back the Mile, the national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance, has announced its grand prix tour that includes six events from across the country. The Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 opens on Saturday, February 1 at the Camel City Indoor Mile, part of the Hilton Garden Innvitational collegiate track meet in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 Ends with a Flourish

Highlights of national promotional tour of iconic distance include thrilling races and numerous meet, U.S. Junior, NCAA, course and State records; $120,000 awarded to top Milers

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (September 12, 2013) – The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013, showcasing 14 events nationwide, produced exciting Mile racing throughout the year including the Tour finale at the Minnesota Mile on Sunday, September 8 where Americans Ben Blankenship and Gabriele Anderson shattered course records, clocking 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds and 4:21.3, respectively, and running the fastest Miles ever in Minnesota. Bring Back the Mile (BBTM), launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance.

“The first Bring Back the Mile Tour exceeded our expectations, with numerous thrilling Tour event finishes and record or near record number of participants for virtually every Tour event as well as many national, NCAA, state and event records were set,” BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa said. “The Tour events, which awarded $120,000 in prize money, and the top Milers inspired, engaged and entertained runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we look forward to bringing back the Tour in 2014 to create more Mile magic.”

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Carlton County girls make strong showing at Minnesota Mile

September 12, 2013

Annual September road race in Duluth also saw fast Miles by the professionals with course records by Ben Blankenship (3:52.7) and Gabriele Anderson (4:21.3)

By Jana Peterson, Pine Journal

Last Sunday was a good day for Carlton County girls to run in Duluth.

Esko’s Kailee Kiminski took first place in the women’s Duluth Mile race, coming in at 5 minutes, 22 seconds, according to the Grandma’s Marathon website. (Dad Dan Kiminski says the exact time was 5:21.9).

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Making the Most of Your Mile: The Minnesota Mile

September 11, 2013

The Minnesota Mile was held on Sunday, September 8 and witnessed not only blazing fast new course records, but the fastest Miles ever run on Minnesota soil. Ben Blankenship, a Minnesota native and University of Minnesota Golden Gopher alumnus, lowered his personal best winning a close finish in 3:52.7 over two-time defending champion Craig Miller. While Gabriele Anderson, also a Minnesota native and Golden Gopher, returned to the states from her European summer tour to win convincingly in a new best 4:21.3.

The Minnesota Mile was the 14th and final stop on the inaugural BBTM Tour 2013 and featured more than $20,000 in prize money and citizen races spanning from semi-elite to recreational runners and youth.

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Blankenship, Anderson Shatter Course Records at Minnesota Mile

September 8, 2013

Fastest Miles ever run in Minnesota; eight men go sub-4 minutes; 7th edition ends inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

By Bob Gustafson

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a day for records at Sunday’s seventh Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth.

Ben Blankenship, 24, set a course record and personal best of 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds and claimed the winner's prize of $3000. The Stillwater, Minn. native edged two-time defending champion Craig Miller of Boulder, Colo., who placed second in 3:53.1 and Jack Bolas of Greenville, S.C. who was third (3:53.5).

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Miller, Kampf to Defend Minnesota Mile Titles

September 5, 2013

Top field expected at Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 finale; prize purse exceeds $20,000

DULUTH, Minn. – A premier class of one-Mile runners is assembled for Sunday’s Minnesota Mile in downtown Duluth. At the 7th edtion, among those entered are defending champions Craig Miller (4 minutes, 1.4 seconds) and Heather Kampf (4:36.5). They will be racing in an elite division that features a $20,100 prize purse with the men’s and women’s winners each receiving $3000. Both Miller and Kampf were the 2012 USA 1 Mile Road national champions.

Miller, 26, also the 2011 Minnesota Mile champion (4:03.8), was the 2013 USA Indoor Mile national runner-up (3:58.90 - March 3, Albuquerque) and won the 2013 Big River Festival of Miles (3:59.23 – May 30, St. Louis).

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Minnesota Mile Set for Sept. 8

August 28, 2013

Garry Bjorklund 2014 Half Marathon entries to 250 finishers; 7th edition the 14th stop and finale of nationwide inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

DULUTH, Minn. – The seventh running of the Minnesota Mile road race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8 in downtown Duluth. This one-Mile event – hosted by Grandma’s Marathon – is open to runners of all skill levels.

The Minnesota Mile offers runners a unique opportunity to secure a spot in next year’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, as 250 finishers will be randomly selected to receive guaranteed entries into the 2014 half-marathon on June 21. This is an excellent chance for runners to gain an automatic entry to the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon without needing to enter the lottery system.

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Inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 Reaches Mid-Point

June 11, 2013

Highlights of national promotional tour of iconic distance include meet, U.S. Junior, NCAA, course and State records; Footloose Freedom Mile on Thursday, July 4 next stop

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (June 11, 2013) – The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013, which features 14 events nationwide and one end-of-the-year gala, has reached the halfway point with plenty of highlights and Mile action. Bring Back the Mile (BBTM), launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance.

“To-date, the Bring Back the Mile Tour has generated some thrilling racing and also produced numerous Mile records in several categories,” said BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa. “Without a doubt, the Tour events have engaged and entertained runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we look forward to the second half of the BBTM Tour 2013 and more Mile excitement.”

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Inaugural ‘Bring Back the Mile’ Tour Announced

February 8, 2013

By Presidio Sports

Santa Barbara’s Ryan Lamppa has always thought that the Mile distance deserves more credit. Once a showcase in American sports, the Mile has gradually slipped from prominence in running competitions throughout the country.

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