Fifth Avenue Mile
The Fifth Avenue Mile is an annual 1 mile (1.6 km) road race in New York City. The race begins at East 80th Street and heads straight down Fifth Avenue to East 60th Street. First held on September 26, 1981, the race is currently organized by New York Road Runners and has attracted big-name sponsors including United Airlines and New Balance.
The competition regularly attracts world-class runners, who compete in special heats after the regular age division heats. The Fifth Avenue Mile has also inspired similar events in the same mould, including the Anlene Orchard Mile in Singapore.
The record performances of the race are Sydney Maree's victory at the inaugural race in 3:47.52, and PattiSue Plumer's time of 4:16.68 set in 1990. Jennifer Simpson of the United States has historically been the most successful athlete at the competition, having won 6 races. The winners at the most recent edition in 2017 were New Zealander Nick Willis and American Jennifer Simpson.
Key: Course record
- Turner, Chris (2005-09-22). Fifth Avenue Mile races back into the headlines. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
- New York Road Runners (2009-09-27). Rowbury and Baddeley reign over Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
- The Anlene Orchard Mile has extended it's deadline. Women in Sport (2008-06-03). Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
- Morse, Parker (2005-09-24). Mottram, Douma-Hussar win on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
- Perniciaro, Kerrin (2006-09-30). Sullivan, Hall win on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
- New York Road Runners (2007-09-29). Webb, Douma-Hussar the winners on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
- Wallack, Rachel (2008-09-22). Willis and Dobriskey edge out the competition in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
- Rowbury and Baddeley reign over Fifth Avenue. IAAF/NYRRC (2009-09-27). Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
- Rowbury defends, Laalou breaks through at Fifth Avenue Mile. IAAF/NYRRC (2010-09-27). Retrieved on 2013-09-23.
- Wallack, Rachel (2011-09-25). Simpson and Lagat take Fifth Avenue titles. IAAF/NYRRC. Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
- Calderwood, Stuart (2012-9-23). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-27.
- Casey, Joseph(2013-09-23). RESULTS: 5th Avenue Mile 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-23.
- New York Road Runners (2014-09-13). Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
- New York Road Runners website
- Winners of the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile at RunnersWeb.com (1981-2009)
- Historical Fifth Avenue Mile articles from New York Times