Defending champion Elle Purrier St. Pierre, rising star Cole Hocker headline WHOOP Wanamaker Mile
Marquee event of the 114th Millrose Games set for Saturday, January 29, 2022 at The Armory.
From The Armory Foundation
NEW YORK - The Armory Foundation has announced that WHOOP, the human performance company, will be the title sponsor of the 2022 WHOOP Wanamaker Mile in the upcoming 114th Millrose Games. The Wanamaker Mile is the most prestigious and historic indoor Mile event in the world and has been the centerpiece of the Millrose Games since its inception. Past winners of the fabled Wanamaker Mile include Matthew Centrowitz, Sifan Hassan, Colleen Quigley and legendary runners such as Glenn Cunningham, Francie Larrieu, Marty Liquori, Eamonn Coghlan, Bernard Lagat, and so many others.
U.S. Olympic Trials champions and Tokyo Olympic finalists Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Cole Hocker are the first two athletes to be announced for the 2022 WHOOP Wanamaker Mile, respectively. They will be a part of the two signature races of the Millrose Games, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center. UPDATE: Hocker will now run in the 3000 meters at the Millrose Games.
Purrier St. Pierre, 26, is the U.S. indoor Mile record holder and the defending Wanamaker Mile champion, clocking 4:16.85 at the last Millrose Games on February 8, 2020. Purrier St. Pierre, the 2018 NCAA indoor Mile champion, also won the U.S. Olympic Trials with a meet record of 3:58.05 over 1500 meters. Purrier St. Pierre also holds the American 2-Mile record indoors.
Hocker won 2021 NCAA indoor Mile and outdoor 1500 meter titles. Following his second NCAA championship, Hocker also won the U.S. Olympic Trials, defeating Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz. Running a series of personal records, Hocker, just 20, finished sixth at the Olympics in 3:31.4, a time that was under the former Olympic record set two days prior.
“The Millrose Games is an ideal place to showcase the different ways WHOOP can help some of the world’s most elite athletes optimize their performance,” said WHOOP SVP of Marketing John Sullivan. “Fans will also get to experience this historic event like never before with new competitor insights featured in broadcast via WHOOP Live.”
WHOOP plans to work with The Armory to integrate real-time, near-real-time and post-event physiological data from certain athletes into the live broadcast of The Millrose Games with WHOOP Live and WHOOP 4.0.
WHOOP is a personalized 24/7 digital fitness and health coach that helps people unlock their inner potential and make meaningful lifestyle changes via actionable feedback on sleep, recovery, and strain. WHOOP insights are grounded in industry-leading accuracy across measurements of key health indicators like heart rate variability, resting heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep staging, skin temperature and blood oxygen levels.
Elite track athletes and Millrose Games alumni who use WHOOP include Drew Hunter, Colleen Quigley and Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas. Michael Phelps and Patrick Mahomes are among the legendary athletes in other sports who have become WHOOP devotees.
“We are delighted to have WHOOP join us as title sponsor of the Wanamaker Miles,” said Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel. “This sponsorship puts a spotlight on WHOOP technology for athletes all over the world and helps bring the Millrose Games to the next level of innovation in sports.”
“The Millrose Games will be broadcast live on NBC in the United States, and for the first time internationally as part of the prestigious World Athletics Indoor Tour,” said Jonathan Schindel, Armory Foundation Co-President.
Ray Flynn, Meet Director of the Millrose Games, added: “With the great success and athlete performances during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, we hope to stage the greatest Millrose Games yet at The Armory.”
The 114th Millrose Games is anticipated to be the most thrilling edition of the meet to-date, with dozens of Olympians competing on The Armory's “Fastest Track in the World.” Millrose alumni earned 29 medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including 13 gold medals.
Stay tuned for further announcements about athletes who will be competing at the Millrose Games, including the full fields for the iconic WHOOP Wanamaker Mile.
Millrose Games tickets can be purchased at: https://www.millrosegames.org/get-tickets