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State Street Mile, The Fastest Mile in the West, Set for Sunday, June 4

May 23, 2017

Race proceeds go to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund; 1,000-plus participants expected at 18th edition; also the unofficial World Championship Dog Mile

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (May 23, 2017) – The 18th State Street Mile on Sunday, June 4 is set to welcome 1,000-plus milers of all ages and speeds for the annual pre-summer Santa Barbara running tradition. The “Fastest Mile in the West” features a gradual downhill, point-to-point course that showcases beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. All event proceeds go directly to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund.

“We look forward to presenting another outstanding State Street Mile, an annual community event for all – competitive runners, new runners, families, kids and walkers as well as dogs and their owners,” said race director Megan Rheinschild.

Last year, recent UC-Santa Barbara grad Thomas Poston of Goleta and Alycia Cridebring of Davis, Calif. won close races in 3 minutes, 53 seconds and 4:23, respectively. Cridebring crushed by 10 seconds the women’s course record (held jointly by three women), leading the top four women well under the old mark. Also an event record-tying 6 men – also 2013 and 2014 – went under the coveted 4 minute mark. At the 2013 event, Michael Coe, from Oakland, ran 3:49 to set the current men’s course record, also the fastest mile recorded in California.

The crowd-pleasing Platinum Performance Dog Mile, the unofficial world championship, was also impressively fast with Brian Duff (age 39) & Kaydom (a 5-year-old Weimaraner) clocking a hard-to-believe 4:13, the fastest known human-dog mile performance ever. The previous event record was 4:15 by Josh Helton & Bro from 2015, beating Duff & Kaydom. The female human-dog winners were Mary Jones & Nala (5:17).

Race day starts at 8:00am with eight age group categories (10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-plus) followed by the popular YMCA Family Fun Mile, Amputee Mile, Masters Elite Mile, HOKA ONE ONE Elite Mile, and ending with the not-to-be-missed, tail wagging fun, Platinum Performance Dog Mile, the unofficial world championship.

The 2017 guaranteed Open prize purse totals $5000 and goes 4-deep per gender ($1000, $750, $500 and $250) plus $1000 Open course record bonus (3:49 men and 4:23 women) and $100 Masters course bonus (4:11 men and 4:57 women). In addition, top 3 Masters age-graded and Amputee Mile (above and below the knee divisions) finishers will receive unique Santa Barbara-centric gift baskets.

The State Street Mile is also part of the local SBAA Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix Series.

In addition, there will be a Finish Line Festival located on State and De La Guerra Streets with music, games and breakfast burritos as well as free face painting and massage.

Event Registration & Packet Pickup
Online registration will remain open until Thursday, June 1 at 11:59pm PST (go to: sbmile.com). On Saturday, June 3, there will be event registration and bib number pick-up available at Santa Barbara Running Company from noon to 4:00pm (downtown, 110 Anacapa Street). Also at 7:00am race day, bib number pick-up and registration starts at Pedregosa and State Streets in Santa Barbara. The race finishes at State and De La Guerra Streets.

About the State Street Mile
The annual State Street Mile, featuring a gradual downhill, point-to-point course, benefits the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund. The 18th edition is also a Bring Back the Mile Featured Event, showcasing the best Mile races in America and throughout the year.

To register or for more information, go to: sbmile.com

Tags: thomas poston (2) , state street mile (15) , michael coe (4) , alycia cridebring (3)

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