The Solvang Mile

The Solvang Mile

October 6, 7:00am

Solvang, CA

The inaugural Solvang Mile is a 1-Mile road race starting and finishing on Copenhagen Street in the beautiful Danish village of the City of Solvang. The Mile will be run in 12 heats at 15-minute intervals beginning at 7:00am on Saturday, October 6. There are 10 age group heats, a Fun Mile, and an Elite Men's heat with $2600 in prize money ($1000, $800, $600 and $200). Throughout the event there will be a festival area located in Solvang Park for the enjoyment of the spectators and competitors.

The USA Track & Field sanctioned event will be contested on a USATF certified road course.

The Solvang Mile will also be supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign by the American Cancer Society.

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Kisorio Kicks to Win Inaugural Solvang Mile

October 6, 2012

Debut event draws Mile Maniacs to Danish-centric California community

By David Monico, The Mile wire

SOLVANG, Calif. – (October 6, 2012) – Perfect race temperatures and a warm Danish community greeted the elite Men's Mile field toeing the line at The Solvang Mile on Saturday morning. At the inaugural road race, Silas Kisorio, 28, of Oklahoma City, OK used a late surge in the last 200 meters to take the win in 4 minutes, 11.65 seconds and pocket the $1000 champion's prize.

The recent Oklahoma Christian graduate, where he compiled 13 NAIA national titles, out sprinted local Santa Barbara Miler Tommy Schmitz as well as adidas / Team USA Arizona member Ben Bruce who moved down from his traditional 3000m Steeplechase race.


Making the Most of Your Mile: The Solvang Mile

October 4, 2012

From an elite men's Mile field to first-time racers, there is something for everyone in this charming Danish-centric community

By Bring Back the Mile

SOLVANG, Calif. - In a village known for its Danish, fairy tale-esque charm, nestled in California wine country (think the movie Sideways and a growing micro-brew industry, the inaugural Solvang Mile this Saturday draws in an elite Men's Mile field and Milers of all ages and abilities from Southern California. From race registration at one of the local wineries, to taking a Mile tour of Copenhagen Street and enjoying the post-race festivities in Solvang, runners will intimately get to know this beautiful town in Bring Back the Mile's own backyard.


Solvang Mile

October 3, 2012

By John Zant, Santa Barbara Independent

Bring Back the Mile is a national campaign to establish the Mile (as opposed to 1500 meters) as the preferred middle-distance running event. The four-minute Mile is still a gold standard among athletic achievements. Several men will take a shot at it on Saturday morning, October 6, in the inaugural Solvang Mile.

The race will be run on a certified loop around the picturesque town, starting and finishing on Copenhagen Drive. Recreational runners will start the Solvang Mile shortly after 7 a.m., building up to the elite men’s race at 8:30.

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Registration Open for Solvang Mile

September 27, 2012

By Willis Jacobson, The Santa Ynez Valley Journal

Registration is still open as the final details are being ironed out for the Solvang Mile, a fun run through the streets of Solvang that will take place Saturday, Oct. 6.

The race, which organizers are hoping becomes an annual event, will begin and end on Copenhagen Street as athletes of all ages and skill levels chase their fastest Mile.

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Inaugural Solvang Mile Draws Top U.S. Men’s Milers

September 25, 2012

October 6 road race features age group heats leading to the Elite Men’s Mile and the sub-4 minute Mile quest

SOLVANG, Calif. – (September 25, 2012) – On Saturday, October 6, the streets of Solvang, California are going to be packed with athletes of all ages and abilities chasing their fastest times at the inaugural Solvang Mile. Located on Copenhagen Street in beautiful downtown Solvang, the start and finish line will be filled with personal bests and tons of cheers. The morning will begin with age group races, giving everybody an opportunity to run their fastest Mile. The age group heats will be followed by the fast action of the Men's and Women's Open Mile as well as the joy of the Fun Mile. All the Mile events in the morning will lead up to the main event, the Elite Men's Mile.


Fun, fitness top goals for first Solvang Mile

June 21, 2012

By Willis Jacobson, The Santa Ynez Valley Journal

SOLVANG, Calif - Alex Kehaya, as evidenced by his many coaching duties alongside his job as a Spanish teacher at Dunn Academy, has always had a passion for fitness and exercise.

This October, Kehaya will look to spread that fervor and inject his zeal for healthy living into downtown Solvang.

Kehaya is the director for the inaugural Solvang Mile, a 1-Mile foot race scheduled for Oct. 6 in the heart of Solvang. The race, which he hopes will become a yearly fixture, will be the centerpiece of a family-friendly festival that will take place throughout the day at Solvang Park.

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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