Final fields set for 2018 Sir Walter Miler
Deepest prize money to-date with $5000 in guaranteed money plus $15,000 in bonus incentives at 5th edition
From Sir Walter Running
RALEIGH, N.C. – Sir Walter Running has announced the final Elite fields for the 2018 Sir Walter Miler. The field consists of multiple Olympians, World Championship medalists, national champions and former local collegians. The event returns in its fifth year to its standard first Friday night spot on August 3, 2018 at the Meredith College Track. The 2018 event will again feature Elite Men’s & Women’s Mile races, as well as two events that show off the local running clubs: the Summer of Miles Run Club Miler, and two heats the Sir Walter Running 4×400m Relay.The Sir Walter Miler is free and open to the public, and will again be broadcast live internationally on FloTrack.org. The racing starts at 8:00pm EDT.
The Pre- and Post-Run race party will be hosted within walking distance of the track at Raleigh Brewing Company, starting at 6:00pm. Wicked Weed Brewing (Run for El Dorado Pale Ale), Hopfly Brewing Co. (Beach Beach) and Raleigh Brewing (Sir Sandman Kolsch) have brewed exclusive, runner-friendly beers to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Bo’s Kitchen, Arepa Culture and the Webby’s Shaved Ice food trucks will be in the Raleigh Brewing parking lot as well.
The 2018 Sir Walter Miler will include the deepest prize money to-date with $5000 in guaranteed money plus $15,000 in bonus incentives that includes the JDL Fast Track State Record Bonus ($1000), Gold (sub-3:54 Male / 4:26 Female), Silver (sub-3:57 / 4:28), Bronze (sub-4:00 / 4:30) and First Timer Bonuses for those athletes breaking the 4:00 / 4:30 barrier for the first time. The Sir Walter Miler has produced 26 sub 4:00 performances and 9 sub 4:30 performances since its inception in 2014. The last time the 4:00 barrier was broken in Raleigh before then was 1974. No woman had ever broken 4:30 in North Carolina before 2015.
The Sir Walter Miler weekend will also feature the “Adopt-a-Runner” event on Thursday afternoon at Meredith, which pairs local high school teams with participating Elite Athletes for a Question & Answer Session. On Thursday night, Runologie will host a ticketed Run with the Pros Dinner. Runologie also partnered with Sir Walter Running in developing special editions goodr sunglasses to commemorate five years of the Sir Walter Miler. On Saturday Morning, the “Rise and Run with the Pros” at Umstead Park will allow anyone to run a few miles with the Elite Athletes featured in the Sir Walter Miler. The event is free and Rise Cameron Village will be providing complimentary coffee, biscuits and donuts, and ElliptiGO will be offering demo rides. Rounding out the weekend is the “Sir Walter Extra Miler” Saturday afternoon at Tasty Beverage Co. This event will feature the “Run for El Dorado” Pale Ale, as well as other Wicked Weed offerings, and $1 per pint sold will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Sponsors of the 2018 Sir Walter Miler are Waverly Hematology Oncology, The Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic, USATF North Carolina, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, HomeAdvisor, Trophy Brewing Co., ElliptiGO, Arrow Haircuts, Shop Local Raleigh, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, JDL Fast Track, Big Spoon Roasters and Rise Cameron Village.
The Sir Walter Miler is directed and promoted by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the Greater Raleigh running community together through innovation, activation and inclusivity.” Sir Walter Running is a USATF club that also produces the Pop Up Miles series, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Rocket Mile, Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, a series of Strava Challenges, including the recent Tour de Walter, the Summer of Miles podcast and the post-run brand.
Event schedule, complete fields and more at: sirwaltermiler.com