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A Country Mile

September 09, 2017

Seeley has also been following the resurgence of Mile races in the U.S. and the Bring Back the Mile movement to promote Mile events.

By Jodi Heckel, The News-Gazette

Area runners have been able to test their endurance over 26.2 miles in Champaign-Urbana since the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon debuted in 2009. Now they can test their speed over one Mile at a new race the marathon organizers have created.

The Mile at the Pines is a series of 1-Mile races -- with different waves for different age groups and speeds -- that will be run Nov 12 along Philo Road. The race will benefit the CU Schools Foundation.

“There’s so much excitement around our (marathon) race weekend. We were looking for a way to have another event that is something fun and a different distance, a different format, and a fundraiser that benefits both cities,” said Jan Seeley, co-director of the Illinois Marathon.

She noted that more than 7,000 people who enter one of the Illinois Marathon races live in Champaign County.

"This event gives us the opportunity to connect with those runners outside our normal race weekend,” she said. “I have been working on this race in my head for three years.”

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