INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time USA 1 Mile Champion David Torrence (Oakland, Calif.) is set to return to Minneapolis to seek his third consecutive 1 mile road title, while Sara Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) is the women’s favorite at Thursday’s USA 1 Mile Road Championships. The event will be hosted for the third time by the Medtronic TC 1 Mile.
Torrence made his mark in 2009 by winning the first ever road mile championship while becoming the first man to break four-minutes for a road mile in the state of Minnesota then returned to repeat his title against a strong field at last year’s championship.
This year Torrence will face Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, Ariz.), the runner-up in the mile at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships presented by BMW. Also on the line will be Braun’s McMillan Elite teammate Jordan Horn (Flagstaff, Ariz.), who finished third last year.
A late addition to the men’s field will be marathoner Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.), who hasn’t raced a mile since 2006 but recently finished fourth in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, running 2:04:58 to become the fastest American marathoner in history.
In the women’s race, Hall’s wife Sara will face local favorite Gabriel Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), who finished third in the women’s mile at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships presented by BMW.
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile features a total of $20,000 and will once again offer a $10,000 bonus for the men’s and women’s champions if they run under 4:00 and 4:32 respectively.
About the USARC
The USA 1 Mile Road Championships are the fourth stop on the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC). The 2010 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women.
The 2011 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA long distance running championships and for the first time will include the USA Cross Country Championships. The USARC attracts the best U.S. distance runners and has ten events for men and nine for women.
The 2011 USARC will feature more than $450,000 in circuit prize money with U.S. athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA in various international competitions.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2011 USA 1 Mile Road Championships visit www.usatf.org.