Guardian Mile

Guardian Mile

Sat, July 27, 7:00pm

Cleveland, OH


The 6th Guardian Mile presented by GOH Run is a community one Mile race across one of Cleveland’s most iconic landmarks, The Hope Memorial Bridge, with a spectacular view of the city skyline and raucous crowd support. The World Athletics-certified point-to-point course is challenging but unique, featuring a first half that is mostly uphill before a fast descent all the way to the finish.

For the 2024 edition, there were 5 race heats: Youth & High School, Community, Masters 40 & older with the two Monticello Associates Elite Heats, the showcased finale (8:00pm). The guaranteed prize purse totals $25,000, going 7-deep in the Elite race ($5000, $2500, $2000, $1000, $750, $500 and $250) and $300 Community Heat winner & $200 Masters winner per gender. In addition, there is a $500 Elite prime for the first runner to cross the halfway mark (determined by spotter, must finish the race).

The Community Mile will also include the GOH Run Team Challenge (three members to score with their times added together, and the fastest team total time wins).

The event is sanctioned by USATF / World Athletics as an elite competition on the World Athletics calendar, and thus, athletes can earn points towards their world rankings.

The Guardian Mile is also a BBTM Featured Event, showcasing America's best Mile races throughout the year.

3:46.67 Johnny Gregorek (USA / MA), 2022, also Ohio soil best
4:19.66 Josette Norris (USA / VA), 2022, also Ohio soil best

2023 Guardian Mile Champions
Johnny Gregorek (USA / MA), 3:53, three-peat
Tigist Ketema (ETH), 4:28

Interested elite athletes: please fill out the Elite Athlete Contact Form to receive the event's communications for 2024. The process of finalizing the elite heats will begin in late June. Questions? Contact elite athlete coordinator, Nate Brannen:

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