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April 24-28 Mile Guide

April 24, 2012

By Bring Back the Mile

The Mile action begins this week tonight in Des Moines, IA with a fast field set for the 3rd Grand Blue Mile, part of Drake Relays Week. Team USA Minnesota athletes, Gabriele Anderson (4:31.05) and Heather Kampf (4:30.95) who finished third and fifth in 2011 will take to the streets of Des Moines again battling some of America's best. Then two of the biggest Track & Field events of the season highlight the weekend with the 103rd Drake Relays and the granddaddy of them all, the 118th Penn Relays. [Editor's Note: Gabriele Anderson was a late scratch from the Grand Blue Mile due to food poisoning; she should recover to run the 1500 on Saturday.]

Also this weekend, 2011 World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson, will make her season debut at the Drake Relays on Saturday in the Women's 1500 meters (we sure do wish it was a Mile). Stay tuned for more information on scheduled participants as we get them.

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Out west, NCAA Indoor Mile record holder in the Mile, Miles Batty, will attempt to become only the second person to go under four minutes in the state at the Clarence Robison Invite on Saturday. Doug Padilla, a two-time Olympian and BYU graduate, is the only one to-date, running 3:57.23 in Provo in 1983

Finally, to cap off the week, fast fields are assembled in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite on Sunday evening in Palo Alto, CA where some of America's top Milers will be toeing the line in the Metric Mile distance.

For complete schedule of events visit our Mile Calendar. Did we miss something? Email

Viewing Schedule & Resources (all times local)

3rd Grand Blue Mile (Des Moines, IA)

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 PM - Iowa Kidstrong Fun Run
6:15 PM - Recreational Division
6:45 PM - Women Competitive Division
7:00 PM - Men Competitive Division
7:15 PM - Women Invitational
7:30 PM - Men Invitational

103rd Drake Relays (Des Moines, IA)

Friday, April 27
6:57 PM - Grand Blue Mile Women's Corporate Challenge
7:05 PM - Grand Blue Mile Men's Corporate Challenge

Saturday, April 28
3:40 PM - Women's 1500m (*Jenny Simpson season debut)
3:50 PM - Men's Mile

118th Penn Relays (Philadelphia, PA)

Thursday, April 26
7:00 PM - Girls' Mile Run Championship

Friday, April 27
6:05 PM - Boys' Mile Run Championship

Saturday, April 28
3:00 PM - Olympic Development Women's Mile
3:55 PM - Olympic Development Men's Mile

Clarence Robison Invitational (Provo, UT)

Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (Palo Alto, CA)

A number of top American Milers are on the campus of Stanford University this weekend racing the 1500 meters. On the Men's side American record holder Alan Webb is listed in the top section along with Saucony's Jeff See. For the Women, Brenda Martinez, Treniere Moser and Anna Pierce headline a fast field including last weekend's PUMA Mile champion, Hilary Stellingwerff.

Thank you. For complete T&F coverage of all the weekend's action check out ESPN Dyestat,, FloTrack, USTFCCCA and a track near you.

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