Grand Blue Mile

The Grand Blue Mile hosted the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in 2013-14 and also in 2017-19 or 5 of the last 7 years!

Mile News Tagged Grand Blue Mile


Herrera Defends, Kampf Recaptures BBTM Grand Prix Tour Titles

October 06, 2019

6th edition presented by Running Warehouse featured 5 stops awarding more than $110,000 plus a $10,000 GP purse

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – At the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 finale, The Navy Mile, on a cloudy Sunday morning in Washington, DC, Daniel Herrera, 26, from New Orleans, LA, won the men’s...

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Hurt, Hiltz Kick to Victory at USATF 1 Mile Road Championships

April 23, 2019

At Grand Blue Mile, event and championship record for Hiltz, men's photo finish; $27,500 prize purse awarded; also first stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour presented by Running Warehouse

Contributed by Scott Bush, USATF, and Drake Athletic Communications

DES MOINES, Iowa – Deep fields led to...

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Meet the Miler: Daniel Herrera

April 22, 2019

SoCal native and 2018 BBTM GP Tour champion: "You find out that the chip on the shoulder type mentality can only take you so far."

By David Monico, Bring Back the Mile

Daniel Herrera, 26, is a rising star in the Mile ranks. In 2018, Herrera, with consistent racing, won the men's BBTM Grand...

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Making the Most of Your Mile: Grand Blue Mile 10th Anniversary

April 21, 2019

Event again hosts USA 1 Mile Road Championships as well as BBTM Grand Prix Tour opener; Drake Relays event director Blake Boldon discusses its 10th anniversary, marketing innovations, elite fields, his pups and more!

By Bring Back the Mile

The USATF 1 Mile Road Championships return to...

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Masters, Lipari Ready to Defend USA Titles at Grand Blue Mile

April 12, 2019

10th edition, first stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019, offers $25,000 Open purse with $5000 for each national champion

Grand Blue Mile race officials have announced preliminary fields for the 2019 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships set for Tuesday, April 23, in downtown Des Moines. A world...

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Grand Blue Mile Opens BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019

March 26, 2019

6th Tour edition presented by Running Warehouse showcases 5 leading U.S. Mile races and top Mile athletes; total Tour prize purse exceeds $110,000

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Bring Back the Mile, the national campaign to elevate & celebrate the iconic distance, has announced the 6th edition of its...

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National Road Championships return to Grand Blue Mile

March 24, 2019

Defending champions Riley Masters, Emily Lipari headline 10th event edition in Des Moines; $30,000 overall prize purse to be awarded

Grand Blue Mile (GBM) officials from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Drake Relays announced the national Mile road championships will be returning in 2019...

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Herrera Wins, Lipari Defends Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour

September 30, 2018

Grand prix tour with 6 stops awarded more than $125,000 plus $10,000 #Tour2018 GP purse; Eric Avila & Shannon Osika earn Tour Performance-of-the-Year bonus; fifth edition also featured Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” online contest at every stop

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (September 30,...

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Masters, Lipari Win First USA Titles at Grand Blue Mile

April 24, 2018

9th event edition awards $25,000 national championship purse; first stop on the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2018

From Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa – In down-to-the-wire exciting finishes, Riley Masters and Emily Lipari bested their respective fields to win the 9th Grand Blue Mile, the USATF 1 Mile...

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Meet the Miler: Mikey Brannigan

April 23, 2018

2017 USA Paralympic Athlete of the Year and 2016 Paralympic Champion at 800m and 1500m to debut in a USA Championship at the Grand Blue Mile; first sub-4 Miler with autism

By David Monico, Bring Back the Mile

The USATF 1 Mile Road Championship returns to Des Moines for the second consecutive...

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