Mile News

Top 5 Fifth Avenue Miles Ever

September 19, 2013

What was the #1 Mile moment for the storied event?

By RunFunShop

The 33rd NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile presented by Nissan will take place this Sunday as it always has -- right in the heart of Manhattan. The course, nearly identical to that of the event’s very first edition back in 1981, runs 20 blocks straight down famed 5th Avenue -- from 80th Street to 60th. Over the years, that stretch of road has played host to many of the World’s greatest Milers including Eamonn Coghlan, Steve Cram, Sydney Maree, Steve Scott and John Walker and more recent stars including Americans Matthew Centrowitz, Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Jenny Simpson, Nick Symmonds and Alan Webb.

This year’s men’s and women’s fields are stacked once again and include Simpson and Symmonds, both coming off silver medals at this summer’s IAAF World Track & Field Championships. For full fields click HERE. In anticipation of this weekend’s race we wanted to first take a look back at the history of the Fifth Avenue Mile and in RunFan Rankings style give you our top five 5th Ave’s ever! Enjoy:

#5 -1984
John Walker finally gets a win -- for so many reasons this was a historic win. For one thing, Walker is the only Olympic 1500 meter champion to win 5th Ave. Of course, the New Zealander’s Olympic win came back in 1976 and at 32-years-old many thought Walker was past his prime. Plus, he was going up against American stars Sydney Maree, Jim Spivey and Steve Scott in an event that had been won by an American each of the previous three years. Somehow though, Walker was able to dig down and find the old magic that had made him the first man under 3:50 for the Mile in 1975 and the Olympic champion a year later. He moved hard over the last quarter mile, pulling away for a 10 meter victory over Switzerland’s Pierre Deleze. Walker called it his “biggest major victory since ’76.”

Continue reading at:

Tags: nyrr fifth avenue mile (11)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!