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Five Olympic Medalists Headline Star-Studded New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

August 30, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz leads men’s field, while Team New Balance stars and Olympic bronze medalists Jenny Simpson & Emma Coburn highlight women’s field; world’s largest & most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on USATF.tv and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors and NYPD/FDNY

By New York Road Runners

NEW YORK — Fresh off of podium appearances at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz and bronze medalists Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, and Clayton Murphy, will race New York City’s most prestigious thoroughfare on Saturday, September 3, when they compete in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, it was announced today by New York Road Runners.

Eighteen Olympians will be in the professional athlete field – 16 of whom competed in the Rio 2016 Games – with two of those athletes having previously won the 5th Avenue Mile, including returning women’s champion Simpson, who with another victory would become the winningest athlete in 5th Avenue Mile history with five titles.

“The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile field will be full of star power, with Jenny aiming to defend her title and become the most iconic athlete in the race’s history, and Matthew looking for another first-place finish after a dream Olympic trip to Rio,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “This event will be a fantastic opportunity for these athletes to close out the tremendous seasons they’ve had, and fans everywhere will have the chance to watch them do so on USATF.tv.”

Continue reading and see complete professional field at: www.nyrr.org

Tags: robby andrews (21) , matthew centrowitz (114) , leo manzano (110) , laura muir (8) , kate grace (12) , jenny simpson (113) , fifth avenue mile (27) , emma coburn (19) , emily infeld (3) , clayton murphy (3)

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