Inaugural Downtown Yakima Mile

Inaugural Downtown Yakima Mile

Sat, June 8, 5:30pm

Yakima, WA

The inaugural Virginia Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile is a road Mile race that takes over a beautiful 14-block gradual downhill stretch of Yakima Avenue to runners of all ages and abilities who “want to run their fastest Mile."

The Downtown Yakima Mile offers a guaranteed $25,000 overall prize purse with $23,500 Elite prize money going 7 deep per gender ($5000, $3000, $1500, $1000, $750, $300 and $200). There will be 11 back-to-back heats for the family, youth, fire & police, elite athletes to tiny tots. Thanks to race sponsor Virginia Mason Memorial, the event is free for runners under 18-years-old.

In addition, if the race winner beats the Washington state record, a $5000 bonus per gender will be awarded.

WA Mile Records
3:52.61i Yomif Kejelcha (ETH), Seattle, WA, 01/12/19
4:27.27i Brie Felnagle (USA / CA), Seattle, WA, 01/28/17
i = indoors

Elite athlete contact, Casey Campbell:

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