Muir headlines sensational women’s Rudin Wanamaker Mile
“This will be my first time racing at the Millrose Games, so I am really excited as it has been a competition that I have wanted to do for a long time. I have very fond memories of racing in the City, and I cannot wait to return and tackle the same distance indoors.”
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As the calendar turns to 2023, the 115th Millrose Games are just over a month away, scheduled for Saturday, February 11th at the Nike Track & Field Center at The Armory. As always, this legendary track & field meet will conclude with the running of the women’s & men’s Rudin Wanamaker Mile races the signature event of the Millrose Games boasting over a century of tradition.
The Millrose Games is extremely honored that the Rudin Family will be the sponsor of the Wanamaker Mile races. Over the past one hundred years, the Rudin Family has become one of New York City’s largest private real estate companies and a generous supporter of running. Jack and Lewis Rudin were the first sponsors of the TCS New York City Marathon, and their children and grandchildren have carried on the legacy, supporting the sport throughout the five boroughs.
“On behalf of the entire Rudin family, we are honored to welcome elite athletes from around the world who have come to New York to compete in the most prestigious Mile in the United States,” said Bill Rudin, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rudin. “As a founding sponsor of the New York City Marathon, as well as previous Millrose events, running has long held a special place in our family’s heritage and is integral to the fabric of our great city. We wish the best to the athletes competing in the Rudin Wanamaker Miles and all of the other exciting Millrose Games events.”
This year’s women’s race promises to be absolutely thrilling with the inclusion of Olympic 1500m silver medalist Laura Muir, one of the most accomplished athletes competing in the world today.
Hailing from Scotland, Muir won her long-awaited Olympic silver medal in Tokyo, then backed it up with a bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. She is a six-time European champion, two-time Diamond League champion and the 2022 Commonwealth Games champion in the 1500m. In total, Muir holds six British records indoors and outdoors.
Muir blasted a 4:14.8 road Mile last September at her most recent race in New York City, setting the course record for the 5th Avenue Mile. The Wanamaker Mile event record of 4:16.85 was set by Elinor Purrier St. Pierre in 2020. This mark is also the U.S. record and the second-fastest women's indoor Mile in history.
“This will be my first time racing at the Millrose Games, so I am really excited as it has been a competition that I have wanted to do for a long time,” said Muir. “I have very fond memories of racing in the City, and I cannot wait to return and tackle the same distance indoors.”
As always, the Rudin Wanamaker Mile will feature a deep field of talented runners hungry for an upset victory. Athletes looking to challange Muir include:
►Sinclaire Johnson, the 2022 USATF 1500m champion and a World Championship finalist
►Jemma Reekie, the fourth place finisher in the 800m at the most recent Olympics; she is the British record holder in the indoor Mile, setting that mark in the historically fast 2020 Wanamaker Mile won by Purrier St. Pierre
►Josette Norris, a sub-4 minute performer in the 1500m, and the third-place finisher in the same event at last year’s Diamond League final
►Sage Hurta-Klecker, a two-time NCAA champion, and the third-place finisher in the 800m at the Diamond League final
►Nikki Hiltz, a 2019 World Championship finalist, Pan American Games 1500m champion and 2022 5th Avenue Mile runner-up
►Medina Eisa of Ethiopia, just 18-years-old and the reigning World Junior 5000m champion
Rounding out the field is 800m star Allie Wilson, Canadian champion Lucia Stafford, NCAA champion Sintayehu Vissa of Italy, Portuguese Olympian Marta Pen Freitas and NACAC bronze medalist Helen Schlachtenhaufen.
As always, the Millrose Games will feature the absolute best athletes in the sport, including dozens of Olympians and world champions. Some of the big names already announced include Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, Alicia Monson, Konstanze Klosterhalfen, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini, Geordie Beamish, Cooper Teare, Josh Kerr, Katie Moon (nee Nageotte), Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, with many more still to come.
The Millrose Games is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meet. With the highest-level competition at the youth, high school, collegiate, club and professional levels, there is truly something for everyone at the Millrose Games.
Stay tuned over the coming months as more athletes and events are announced. Tickets can be purchased at: millrosegames.org