2009 USA 1 Mile Road Championships
May 7, 2009
2008 Olympian Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, Calif.) and Jon Rankin (San
Diego, Calif.) lead the fields for the inaugural USA 1 Mile Road Championships
Thursday night in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will be hosted through 2012 by
the Medtronic TC 1 Mile.
While Rankin owns the fastest time in the men's field (3:54.24), he'll have to contend with six other men with sub-four minute personal bests for the mile. With respective bests of 3:57.04 and 3:57.20 David Torrence (Oakland, Calif.), the 2009 USA Indoor 3,000 meter champion, and Bobby Curtis (Ardmore, Pa.), the 2008 NCAA Division I 5,000 meter champion, will be among the lead contenders for the title along with Darren Brown (Austin, Texas), the recent champion at the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.
Athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $22,500, with the men's and women's USA Champion earning $4,000 each. This year's race will also feature an additional $10,000 bonus for the men's and women's champions if they run faster than 4:00 and 4:28 respectively.