The NYRR has released the fields for the 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Miles. Jenny Simpson will be gonig for a record 7th women's tile and Nick Willis will be going fo a record 5th men's title.
Colby Alexander, USA 03:54.94 3:53
Eric Avila, USA 03:55.43 4:04
Boris Berian, USA N/A N/A
Andreas Bube, DEN N/A N/A
Ben Blankenship, USA 03:53.04 3:53
Matthew Centrowitz, USA 03:50.53 3:53
Graham Crawford, USA 03:56.05 3:58
Craig Engels, USA 3:53.93i 3:55
Neil Gourley, GBR 03:57.11 N/A
Johnny Gregorek, USA 3:53.15i 3:53
Charlie Grice, GBR 03:52.64 3:57
Lopez Lomong, USA 3:51.21i 4:03
Riley Masters, USA 3:56.15i 4:01
Sam McEntee, AUS 3:57.86i 4:00
Rob Napolitano, USA 03:57.48 N/A
Chris O’Hare, GBR 3:52.91i 3:52
Sam Parsons, USA 04:03.22 4:10
Sam Prakel, USA 03:54.64 3:59
Ben True, USA 03:57.31 N/A
Jake Wightman, GBR 03:54.20 3:53
Nick Willis, NZL 03:49.83 3:51
Drew Windle, USA 4:09.84i 4:13
Ce’Aira Brown, USA 04:31.74
Emma Coburn, USA 4:29.86i
Kim Conley, USA 4:24.54i
Katrina Coogan, USA 04:32.06
Alexa Efraimson, USA 04:23.15
Marta Pen Freitas, POR 04:27.39
Emily Lipari, USA 04:25.84
Charlene Lipsey, USA 04:28.62
Katie Mackey, USA 04:27.28
Sarah McDonald, GBR 04:20.85
Cory McGee, USA 4:27.67i
Shannon Osika, USA 04:25.47
Colleen Quigley, USA 4:24.88i
Helen Schlachtenhaufen, USA 04:27.09
Rachel Schneider, USA 4:25.62i
Dominique Scott, RSA 04:26.6
Nicole Sifuentes, USA 4:27.69i
Jenny Simpson, USA 04:17.30
Sara Sutherland, USA 04:30.60
Adelle Tracey, GBR 4:35r
Steph Twell, GBR 04:25.39
Sara Vaughn, USA 04:27.31
Laura Weightman, GBR 04:20.49
Here is the full press release.
The NYRR wrote:
Jenny Simpson and Nick Willis to Race for Record-Setting Titles at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 9
18 Olympians to toe the line in world’s most iconic road mile race, including Olympians Matthew Centrowitz, Emma Coburn, Lopez Lomong, and Boris Berian
Event to be aired live on NBC and feature 22 heats throughout the day, including Rising New York Road Runners heats for youth and the George Sheehan Memorial Mile for seniors
NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile will take place from September 1-9 as part of the 2018 NYRR Virtual Racing Series
New York, August 28, 2018 — Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World Championships medalist Jenny Simpson and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will go for their record-setting seventh and fifth event titles at the 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 9. Stretching 20 blocks down Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare, the race will draw a professional athlete field from 11 countries that includes 18 Olympians and three past champions.
The day begins at 7:25 a.m. ET and is expected to draw 7,000 runners across 22 heats – plus Rising New York Road Runners heats for youth – with the professional athlete races rounding out the day at 12:10 p.m. ET. In partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group will broadcast the 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.
In conjunction with the race, the NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile will take place from September 1-9 as part of the 2018 NYRR Virtual Racing Series. The series allows runners anywhere in the world to run a race at their convenience and at a location of their choice during a specified period of time. Proceeds from the NYRR Virtual Racing Series, launched in beta together with Strava in 2018, benefit NYRR’s youth and community programs.
Simpson, 32, is seeking her record-extending seventh title at the event after winning the race last year and matching the event-record time of 4:16.6. She has earned three IAAF World Championships medals in the metric mile, beginning with a gold at the 2011 World Championships. She followed that with a silver in 2013 and another last year. In 2016, she took bronze in the 1500 meters at the Rio Olympics, making her the first American woman in history to reach the podium in that event. She set a lifetime best in the in the mile earlier this summer, running 4:17:30 at the Müller Anniversary Games IAAF Diamond League meet in London.
She will be challenged by New Balance teammate Emma Coburn, who won bronze in the steeplechase at the Rio 2016 Olympics and gold at the 2017 IAAF World Championships and Olympian Colleen Quigley, who won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile in February.
Willis, 35, equaled the men’s record with his fourth win at the 5th Avenue Mile last year, taking the tape in 3:51.3. The New Zealand athlete earned silver over 1500 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and then returned to the podium with a bronze-medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics. He is the national-record holder in that distance and has also won three medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Joining Willis in the professional men’s field will be Matthew Centrowitz, who at the Rio 2016 Games became the first American since 1908 to win Olympic gold in the 1500 meters. He is a three-time World Championship medalist and three-time NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion, and he won the 5th Avenue Mile in 2012. Also toeing the line will be two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, who won the U.S. national title over 10,000 meters in June; Boris Berian, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor champion over 800 meters; Ben True, this year’s United Airlines NYC Half winner; and Chris O’Hare, who won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile in February and was runner-up to Willis last year on 5th Avenue.
Quotes from race organizers:
“This year’s New Balance 5th Avenue Mile will serve as a perfect setting for the world’s fastest milers to conclude their seasons. Jenny has already created so much history in New York as one of the best to have ever raced down Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare, and the professional men’s field is shaping up to be quite the show with Nick, Matthew, Lopez, Eric, Boris, Ben and Chris.”
-Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
“The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile represents New York Road Runners’ vision of providing opportunities to runners of all ages and abilities to get out to run. From the Rising New York Road Runners’ kids races to the George Sheehan Memorial Mile, and with the newly launched virtual edition of the race, this event is able to reach people in New York City and around the world.”
-Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of NYRR
Quotes from professional athletes:
“Winning the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile is never easy. It seems like the bar is raised every year at a global level for women’s middle-distance running, as the talent and competitiveness continues to get stronger and stronger. So even with six wins under my belt, I’m approaching this year’s starting line ready to run as hard as I ever have in order to defend my title and hopefully clinch that seventh win. I like to remind myself that this is my final mile of the entire season and there’s nothing like going into the off season by breaking the finish line tape. I’m so excited that people across the United States will be able to watch the races live on NBC.”
“I’m very excited to return to New York City to end my 2018 season. I love running in New York and now that my father is back in New York as the director of track & field at Manhattan College, it’ll feel that much more of a homecoming.”
1) No Shelby H is surprising.
2) No Kenyans. Wouldn't it be cool to see Timothy Cheruiyot break 3:45 one year?