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Mile Moment of the Month: The Magic of the Fifth Avenue Mile

September 10, 2014

HOKA ONE ONE presents the Mile Moment of the Month

By Bring Back the Mile

The Fifth Avenue Mile, contested on one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares, was the brainchild of New York Road Runners Club president and impresario Fred Lebow, and the debut event was run in 1981. The Mile Moment of the Month presented by HOKA ONE ONE celebrates the magic of the Fifth Avenue Mile and in honor of Jenny Simpson's attempt to become the first three-time women's winner, we showcase our three favorite #5thAveMile editions.

September 26, 1981
In the inaugural race, Sydney Maree (below) defeated a star-studded field, including legends Steve Scott, John Walker, Steve Cram, Eamonn Coghlan and runner-up Mike Boit by two seconds, clocking 3:47.52, still the fastest time in history of the event and one of the fastest road Miles ever, while American Leann Warren (below, right) won the women’s race in a swift 4:25.31.

 

September 22, 1990
At the 10th edition, despite rainy conditions, U.S. Olympian PattiSue Plumer moved from fifth to first with a ferocious kick to set the still standing Fifth Avenue Mile women’s record of 4:16.68. Plumer also won a Mercedes Benz for her stellar performance, while Peter Elliott of Great Britain became the event’s first three-time champion with his 3:47.83 Mercedes winning victory and a record 17 men went sub-4 in the same race.

September 26, 2010
At the 30th Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile, a record-tying 17 men broke 4 minutes – the most ever on the track or the roads (also 1990 event) – led by Amine Laalou of Morocco who won the flagship road Mile in 3:52.83.

The 34th edition of the famed Fifth Avenue Mile will be held on Saturday, September 13, and many of the world’s top Milers including defending champion Jenny Simpson will end their 2014 racing season in the Big Apple. Click here for the complete 2014 professional field announcement and use #5thAveMile on social media to follow and share your stories.

Tags: sydney maree (1) , steve scott (26) , steve cram (17) , peter elliott (4) , pattisue plummer (1) , nyrr (12) , mile moment of the month (11) , mike boit (1) , leann warren (1) , john walker (18) , hoka one one (45) , fred lebow (1) , fifth avenue mile (28) , eamonn coghlan (20) , amine laalou (1)

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