Elinor Purrier

Birthday: 02/20/95 Mile PR: 4:16.2 (road) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:00.20 (indoors) - 2020
High School: Richford HS '13
Hometown: Montgomery, VT
College: University of New Hampshire '18
Current Residence: Boston, MA

Team: Team New Balance Boston

Elinor "Elle" Purrier won the 2020 NYRR Wanamaker Mile, shattering the meet & American records with her 4:16.85 clocking (also #2 all-time woman indoors) as well as breaking her track Mile personal record by nearly 8 seconds! On August 11, 2020, she recorded an outdoor 1500m PR of 4:00.77.

In 2019, the rising U.S. star finished third in the USA 5000m Championship to qualify for her first Team USA berth at the World Championships in Doha, and in September at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, she was just nipped by winner Jenny Simpson, clocking a personal best 4:16.2. In February, Elinor also set her then track Mile PR of 4:24.88 at the New Balance Indoor GP in Boston.

In 2018, Purrier won the NCAA Indoor Mile, edging Colorado’s Dani Jones, 4:31.76 to 4:31.82. In February in Boston, she also recorded the fastest indoor Mile in the world for the year, clocking 4:26.55, #2 all-time in NCAA history (only Jenny Simpson is faster).

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire and turning pro, at the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships in late June, she finished sixth in the 1500 meters, running 4:09.30.

At the University of New Hampshire, Purrier was an 11-time All-American and studied nutrition.

FUN FACT: Elinor grew up on her family's Vermont dairy farm, milking 30 cows each morning at 5:30, before going to school.

FUN FACT II: On September 7, 2020, Elle married her high school sweetheart Jamie St. Pierre.

Photo credit: Kevin Morris

News

Elle Purrier Spending Her COVID-19 Spring at Home

May 11, 2020

“I definitely have more fun with the 1500 and the Mile. That’s what I would prefer to do..."

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

Call it a long, loooong weekend. Or “there’s no place like home.” It’s the story of Mile star Elle Purrier’s spring at her family’s dairy farm in northern...

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Purrier pulverizes U.S. indoor Mile record at 113th Millrose Games

February 08, 2020

O’Hare wins men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile for the second time in three years

Summary by BBTM with support from Nick Nicholas, The Armory

NEW YORK – On Saturday afternoon at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center, the athletes delivered an outstanding, historic 113th Millrose Games. In the...

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Klosterhalfen ready to defend women’s Wanamaker Mile title

January 23, 2020

German Olympian to face formidable field including American stars Elinor Purrier & Nikki Hiltz and Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford at The Armory; live national NBC broadcast

From NYRR

NEW YORK – Defending champion and World Championship medalist Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany, 2018 NCAA...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2019

December 20, 2019

Longstanding indoor and outdoor Mile world records broken; Herrera & Kampf BBTM Grand Prix Tour champions and more BBTM Effect!

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

The Bring Back the Mile campaign was launched in January 2012 to elevate & celebrate the storied distance, and over the past 8...

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Olympic hopeful Purrier talks running with local athletes

October 18, 2019

“She really shows you that no matter where you grow up you can achieve your dreams if you work for them."

By Ruthie Laroche, St. Albans Messenger

RICHFORD — Elle Purrier, fresh from competition at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, spoke to runners from MVU, Enosburg, Fairfax, and...

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As Elle Purrier Heads to Worlds, the Hay is in the Barn

September 10, 2019

“She’s not scared of doing hard work. There’s no drama with her, you know? She’s like, ‘What are we doing today?’ You tell her what we’re doing. And she just does it."

By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World

In the past three months, Elinor Purrier has set PRs in the 800, 1500, Mile and 5000...

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Veterans Simpson, Willis champions again at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on record-setting day

September 08, 2019

In thrilling finishes, Jenny Simpson breaks event record by clocking 4:16.1 to edge Elinor Purrier, while Willis wins in photo-finish over Chris O’Hare & Sam Prakel; event & world record 9,275 participants raced across the 24 heats at the world’s most iconic road Mile

From NYRR

NEW YORK –...

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Elinor Purrier Makes the Jump

July 19, 2019

It’s a lifestyle, so having all the factors come together to be able to stay in shape for a long time and stay healthy and do well is my ultimate goal.

By Johanna Gretschel, FloTrack.org

The most decorated athlete in University of New Hampshire history transitioned smoothly into the...

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Elinor Purrier, UNH’s most decorated athlete, begins her professional running career

July 03, 2018

“Now it’s a different atmosphere because it’s my job. I think that a lot of things are going to change as a professional runner..."

By Nick Stoico, Monitor staff

After graduating in May as the most decorated athlete in University of New Hampshire history, Elinor Purrier turned pro by signing...

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How a dairy farmer from Vermont became an NCAA Mile champ

April 03, 2018

UNH's Elinor Purrier says farming has taught her to be resilient. “It’s taught me life isn’t a piece of cake, it’s going to throw a thousand challenges at you at once.’’

By Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe Staff

MONTGOMERY, Vt. — After Elinor Purrier won the Mile in the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track &...

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Favorites Kerr, Purrier Win NCAA Indoor Mile Titles

March 11, 2018

New Mexico Lobo defends, while Purrier edges Jones at the tape for first national crown

By LetsRun.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas —  Redemption.

Look at the results of the Mile finals at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and you’ll see that New Mexico’s Josh Kerr and New...

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