Jenny Simpson’s Got the Coolest Job in America and is Ready to ‘Rock and Roll’ at 5th Avenue Mile and World Champs

September 7, 2019

NEW YORK — Jenny Simpson will be going for a record-extending 8th New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile title on Sunday in New York. She’ll have her hands full with Nikki Hiltz, who finished just .14 behind Simpson at USAs in July. Both Simpson and Hiltz will running the 1500m for Team USA at the World Championships in Doha in October. 5,000m Worlds team member Ellie Purrier and steeplechase team member Allie Ostrander also are in the New Balance Fifth Avenue field.

On the men’s side, Nick Willis is having an off year but going for a record-breaking 5th title as he prepares for the World Champs, and he’ll be challenged by fellow sub-3:50 milers Johnny Gregorek and Edward Cheserek, plus the Brooks Beasts’ Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks and past Wanamaker Mile champ Chris O’Hare. (Full fields at bottom)

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The races will be broadcast LIVE on NBC from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern.

Simpson is a New York Road Runners (NYRR) ambassador, and she has one of the coolest jobs in America. Not only is she a very good professional runner, but she gets paid by the NYRR to go out to schools, give away New Balance shoes, and play with kids. We caught up with Simpson on Friday at PS 329 in Harlem where there was an NYRR program on the second day of school and Simpson helped give away 200+ pairs of shoes and get the kids psyched about playing outside at recess.

This is the 20th year of free NYRR Youth programs and the programs are now nationwide and reach 250,000 kids according to the NYRR.

In the video below, Simpson talks about her ambassador role, getting ready for the World Championships in Doha, and she puts to rest any rumors she’ll return to the steeplechase at the end of her career.

Simpson acknowledged her ambassador role is a cool one saying, “You show up to a public school and you say ‘Bey I started like you and I made it to the Olympics. Do you want free shoes?’ and we’ll go to activities together. What’s not to love about being able to do that?”

As for the Fifth Avenue Mile, Simpson says this year is different because she still has a more important race after it, the World Champs. In terms of Worlds being in October, Simpson said “I feel ready for four or five (more) weeks of really hard training and racing, but I think it’s your brain that gets messed up.” She noted that it’s just weird to still be training hard with the University of Colorado students back in school.

Simpson said the good thing for her is at this point in her career she is just able to focus on Worlds. “I don’t have to prove myself along the way [during the season]… I can get to Worlds ready to rock and roll.”

5th Avenue Mile fields below. Press release on race here.

Professional Athlete Field – Men 

Name Country Mile PR Twitter
Pat Casey USA 3:52.62 Patkc13
Edward Cheserek KEN 3:49.44i KINGCHEZZ
Graham Crawford USA 3:56.05
Robert Domanic USA 3:54.73 robertdomanic
Mason Ferlic USA 4:00.31i MasonFerlic
Johnny Gregorek USA 3:49.98i JohnnyGregorek
Tripp Hurt USA 3:56.02 TrippFallHurt
Jordan Mann USA 3:58.94i Jmango_run
Riley Masters USA 3:56.15i Riley_masters
Morgan McDonald AUS 3:55.79 mrgnmcdnld
Rob Napolitano USA 3:54.28i
Chris O’Hare GBR 3:52.91i Chrisohare1500
Julian Oakley NZL 3:55.10i Julian_oakley
Sam Parsons GER 3:59.70 par_sam_sons
Will Paulson USA 3:58.07i WillPaulson1500
Sam Prakel USA 3:50.94i Sprakel10
David Ribich USA 3:57.83 dmribich
Nick Willis NZL 3:49.83 nickwillis
Henry Wynne USA 3:51.26i Hwynning
Izaic Yorks USA 3:53.40i IzaicY

Professional Athlete Field – Women

Name Country Mile PR Twitter
Katrina Coogan USA 4:32.06 katrina_coogan
Lianne Farber USA 4:33.49 LiFarber92
Eleanor Fulton USA 4:30.34
Dana Giordano USA 4:34.04 dana_gio6
Therese Haiss USA 4:34.54i therese_haiss
Nikki Hiltz USA 4:31.42i Nikki_Hiltz
Lauren Johnson USA 4:25.04 JohnsonRunning
Jessica Judd GBR 4:28.59
Mariah Kelly CAN 4:35.00i mariahkkelly11
Genevieve Lalonde CAN 4:38.94i lalongen
Emily Lipari USA 4:28.62
Heather MacLean USA 4:29.74i Heathair31
Megan Mansy USA 4:32.01
Cory McGee USA 4:26.79i CoryMcGeeRuns
Rebecca Mehra USA 4:33.42 rebecca_mehra
Amy-Eloise Neale GBR 4:33.25
Jessica O’Connell CAN 4:30.75 jess_oconnell
Allie Ostrander USA 4:35.79i allie_ostrander
Angel Piccirillo USA 4:32.57 angelp_1010
Elinor Purrier USA 4:24.88i
Helen Schlachtenhaufen USA 4:27.09
Heidi See AUS 4:31.74 HeidiSee
Jenny Simpson USA 4:17.30 trackjenny

*Press release on race

A few photos from Jenny’s event at the school: