Top 5 Fifth Avenue Miles Ever
What was the #1 Mile moment for the storied event?
The 33rd NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile presented by Nissan will take place this Sunday as it always has -- right in the heart of Manhattan. The course, nearly identical to that of the event’s very first edition back in 1981, runs 20 blocks straight down famed 5th Avenue -- from 80th Street to 60th. Over the years, that stretch of road has played host to many of the World’s greatest Milers including Eamonn Coghlan, Steve Cram, Sydney Maree, Steve Scott and John Walker and more recent stars including Americans Matthew Centrowitz, Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Jenny Simpson, Nick Symmonds and Alan Webb.
This year’s men’s and women’s fields are stacked once again and include Simpson and Symmonds, both coming off silver medals at this summer’s IAAF World Track & Field Championships. For full fields click HERE. In anticipation of this weekend’s race we wanted to first take a look back at the history of the Fifth Avenue Mile and in RunFan Rankings style give you our top five 5th Ave’s ever! Enjoy:
John Walker finally gets a win -- for so many reasons this was a historic win. For one thing, Walker is the only Olympic 1500 meter champion to win 5th Ave. Of course, the New Zealander’s Olympic win came back in 1976 and at 32-years-old many thought Walker was past his prime. Plus, he was going up against American stars Sydney Maree, Jim Spivey and Steve Scott in an event that had been won by an American each of the previous three years. Somehow though, Walker was able to dig down and find the old magic that had made him the first man under 3:50 for the Mile in 1975 and the Olympic champion a year later. He moved hard over the last quarter mile, pulling away for a 10 meter victory over Switzerland’s Pierre Deleze. Walker called it his “biggest major victory since ’76.”
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