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Heather Kampf Ready for 2nd Win at GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

August 06, 2013

Kampf faces formidable competition from 2012 Olympian Geena Gall and USA 3000m Indoor champion Chelsea Reilly; 11th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – With a solid summer race season, defending women’s champion Heather Kampf is looking for another win at the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. Kampf, 26, recently won and set the course record at the Ryan Shay Mile with a time of 4 minutes, 30.9 seconds. Earlier this summer, she also set a 1500 meter personal record at the Memorial Leon Buyle in Oordegem, Belgium, clocking 4:08.37. 

“I'm looking forward to coming back to the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile,” Kampf said. “I've been having my best season of running. It would be a dream come true to defend the title and maybe even lower the women's record a little bit, though I always prepare for it to be a tough battle.”

On Friday evening, August 9 in downtown Pittsburgh, Kampf, who won the inaugural event last year with a time of 4:35.8, will face tough competition from Olympian Geena Gall and USA 3000m Indoor champion Chelsea Reilly. Gall, 26, who represented the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics in the 800 meters, has a 1500 meter personal record of 4:09.95, while Reilly, 24, has a mile personal record of 4:29.

Other notable female athletes include:

  • Olympian Megan Wright, 30, represented Canada in the 2008 Olympics in the 5000 meters.
  • Nicole Schappert, 26, a 2012 Olympic Trials 1500 meter finalist, has a mile personal record of 4:35.
  • Lauren Johnson, 26, is a 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 1500 meter and the 3000 meter Steeplechase.

This year’s race also features a new USA Track & Field record-eligible certified course that will take participants through downtown Pittsburgh for a memorable evening Mile race.

Follow updates of the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Twitter at @LibertyMile or visit LibertyMile.org for more information including registration.

About the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
Organized by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is Pittsburgh’s premier street race for all ages and abilities. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile offers a $31,100 prize purse with $4000 for each Open race champion. The event, the 11th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour, is also hosting the 2013 USA Masters 1 Mile Road Championships.

Tags: nicole schappert (8) , lauren johnson (3) , heather kampf (51) , gnc live well liberty mile (27) , geena gall (8) , bbtm tour (86)

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