Downtown Yakima Mile

Downtown Yakima Mile

Sat, July 2, 6:00pm

Yakima, WA

Registration 2022 is OPEN!

The Downtown Yakima Mile presented by Home2 Suites by Hilton - Yakima Airport is a road Mile race traversing a beautiful 14-block gradual, point-to-point, downhill stretch of Yakima Avenue and open to runners of all ages & abilities who “want to run their fastest Mile." The race begins on Yakima Avenue just east of 16th Avenue and ends in the shadow of Yakima’s historic Art Deco Larson Building, with lively music and cheering.

There will be 10 heats including a Family Walk, Stroll, Jog Mile, Youth Mile divisions, Military-First Responders-Healthcare Mile, Dog-Human Mile, Open Mile, Masters Mile and men’s & women’s Elite Athlete Mile PLUS a kids race to the finish line with elite athletes to conclude the evening.

The third edition offers a guaranteed $26,500 overall prize purse with $23,500 Elite prize money going 6-deep per gender ($5000, $3000, $1500, $1000, $750 and $500). If the race winner beats the fastest Mile on Washington soil, a $5000 bonus per gender will be awarded. In addition, sub-3:48 (men) or sub-4:20 (women) receive a $5000 time bonus (winner). Overall, the event's potential payout is $46,500 with the winner’s potential purse $15,000!

Thanks to race sponsor Home2 Suites and Tru, the event is free for all runners 18 & under. General registration is $25. Seniors (60-plus) can register for half price.

All event proceeds are donated to the YWCA Yakima. The YWCA touches the lives of thousands of people here in the valley through its 24-hour domestic violence emergency shelter, crisis hotline, affordable housing aid, legal advocacy and more.

The Downtown Yakima Mile is again a BBTM Featured Event, showcasing America's best Mile races throughout the year.

Fastest State Mile Performances
3:52 Amos Bartelsmeyer (GER / WA), Yakima, WA, 06/08/19
4:22 Nikki Hiltz (USA / CA), Yakima, WA, 08/28/21

The inaugural 2019 event was the second stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 presented by Running Warehouse.

EVENT RECORDS
3:52 Amos Bartelsmeyer (GER / WA), 2019, fastest Mile recorded on Washington soil
4:22 Nikki Hiltz (USA / CA), 2021, fastest Mile recorded on Washington soil

2021 Downtown Yakima Mile Champions
Sam Prakel (WA), 3:55
Nikki Hiltz (CA), 4:22, fastest Mile recorded on Washington soil = $5000 bonus

Elite athlete contact, Tim Cummings: tim@yakimamile.com

All other race inquiries: run@yakimamile.com

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Downtown Yakima Mile ready to run down Yakima Avenue on July 2

March 22, 2022

Available prize purse $45,000-plus including time and record bonus money

YAKIMA, Wash. — Make the 2022 Downtown Yakima Mile part of your Fourth of July weekend festivities! This year’s race will be held on Saturday, July 2, and will feature heats for kids, families, veterans, professional...

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Hiltz, Prakel win Downtown Yakima Mile

August 28, 2021

Women’s race champion clocks fastest Mile on Washington state soil to collect $5000 bonus

Race reports by Scott Spruill & Luke Thompson, Yakima Herald-Republic & BBTM

YAKIMA, Wash. – Reaching North First Street, Nikki Hiltz knew it was time to go. Or very likely lose.

So when the road Mile...

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Rio Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz headlines Downtown Yakima Mile

August 24, 2021

Top men’s & women’s fields expected, vying for $23,500 plus record & time bonus money; second edition benefits the YWCA Yakima and it family services program

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Olympics may be over, but the competition for the title as the world’s fastest Mile runner definitely is not, and...

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Yakima brings back the Downtown Mile this August

June 04, 2021

“This race is a chance for the community to come together to provide awareness and support the YWCA and its domestic violence initiatives."

By Carol Barany, Yakima Magazine

Early in the evening of May 6, 1954, after the rain clouds cleared and blustery winds finally died down, a rainbow...

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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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Enter the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 Fan Favorite Contest

October 10, 2019

Win Tour presenting sponsor Running Warehouse $50 gift card and BBTM swag; enter today!

What were your favorite BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 moments? From the top 4 Tour “Mile Moments” of the Year per gender, your vote will help determine the top two Tour Moments. The winning moment athletes, who...

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Herrera Defends, Kampf Recaptures BBTM Grand Prix Tour Titles

October 06, 2019

6th edition presented by Running Warehouse featured 5 stops awarding more than $110,000 plus a $10,000 GP purse

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – At the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 finale, The Navy Mile, on a cloudy Sunday morning in Washington, DC, Daniel Herrera, 26, from New Orleans, LA, won the men’s...

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Amos Bartelsmeyer wins Yakima Mile, clocks fastest time on Washington soil

June 08, 2019

At inaugural event, Therese Haiss takes women's title; $28,800 awarded in elite races; second stop on the BBTM GP Tour 2019 presented by Running Warehouse

Race summary from Yakima Herald-Republic & BBTM

YAKIMA, Wash. — For the inaugural Virginia Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile, the first...

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Elite runners highlight inaugural Yakima Mile

June 07, 2019

Kampf, Haiss, Herrera, Haney, Tripp, Harris, Bartelsmeyer top fields; $23,800 Elite prize purse; second stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 presented by Running Warehouse

By Luke Thompson, Yakima Herald-Republic

The organizers for Saturday’s inaugural Downtown Yakima Mile figured if they could...

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Making the Most of Your Mile: Virginia Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile

June 06, 2019

Second stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 features more than $25,000 in prize money for its inaugural event: "We're going to put Yakima on the map!"

By David Monico, Bring Back the Mile

Build it and they will come. Thanks to Kevin Costner, it’s as cliché as it gets in sports and business. For...

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Grand Blue Mile Opens BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019

March 26, 2019

6th Tour edition presented by Running Warehouse showcases 5 leading U.S. Mile races and top Mile athletes; total Tour prize purse exceeds $110,000

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Bring Back the Mile, the national campaign to elevate & celebrate the iconic distance, has announced the 6th edition of its...

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Virginia Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile launched

March 27, 2019

Inaugural road race, set for Saturday, June 8, offers $25,000 prize purse; also second stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019

By Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Two Yakima natives and former college track competitors will bring a new Mile road race to town in June with more...

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