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Grand Blue Mile

Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa
Distance: 1 Mile

Your Race. Your Pace. Your Mile.

The Grand Blue Mile was created by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Drake Relays to encourage healthy habits and empower positive change. Held annually since 2010, the Grand Blue Mile has hosted more than 30,000 participants from 26 states, six countries, and four continents.

The annual event brings friends and families together to celebrate wellness through a one-mile street run in Downtown Des Moines suited for all ages and abilities.

From competitive to recreational, there’s something for everyone at the Grand Blue Mile.

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Race Date: 04/24/2018 Distance: Mile
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 4:22 Jeff Mettler 27 Des Moines, IA
2nd Male 4:23 John Donovan 24 Des Moines, IA
3rd Male 4:24 Dt McDonald 25 Marshfield, WI
4th Male 4:24 Ben Jaskowiak 28 Chicago, IL
Female 5:02 Erica Doering 27 Omaha, NE
2nd Female 5:09 Tricia Serres 24 Des Moines, IA
3rd Female 5:24 Jessica Tebo 30 Des Moines, IA
4th Female 5:28 Kylie Latham 18 Baraboo, WI
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 4:54 MarkThompson 45 GBR
M 50-59 5:00 John Borthwick 54 Des Moines, IA
M 60-69 5:45 Joe Bolkcom 61 Des Moines, IA
M 70+ 7:51 John Schneller 74 Des Moines, IA
F 40-49 5:51 Sara Schwendinger 42 Des Moines, IA
F 50-59 6:30 Christine Comito 50 Des Moines, IA
F 60-69 6:30 VickiBentley Condit
F 70+ 8:51 Janice Ott 75 Fairfield, CA
Grand Blue Mile

Grand Blue Mile Champion Alan Webb holds claim to the current American Record in the mile at 3:46.91 set in 2007.

Grand Blue Mile Champion Matthew Centrowitz won gold in the 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first for the United States since 1908.

Since 1976, the mile is the only non-metric distance recognized by track & field officials for record purposes.

Athletes from six countries and four continents have participated in the Grand Blue Mile Invitational Championship.

The Healthiest State Initiative is teaming up with the Grand Blue Mile, the Midwest’s premier one-mile fitness walk/run for all ages and abilities, to encourage Iowa communities to Set the Pace in 2018, kick-starting a season of improved health and well-being across the state.

Now in its ninth year, the Grand Blue Mile, scheduled for April 24, offers a unique opportunity to showcase the collective commitment of Iowans to continue building upon the Healthiest State Initiative’s achievements in supporting the fitness of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Together, let’s walk the talk at the Grand Blue Mile and make 2018 our healthiest year yet!

Thanks to the more than 30,000 participants who’ve made the Grand Blue Mile a special tradition!

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