Sunday September 8th, 2019
Distance: 1 Mile
The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile opens a beautiful 20-block stretch of 5th Avenue to runners of all ages and abilities who want to run their best mile in New York City. Special races include a youth mile, the George Sheehan Memorial Mile for runners age 60 and over, the NYRR Road Mile Championships, and Olympic-caliber professional men's and women's races.
|2nd Male||3:55||Nick Willis||35||NZL|
|3rd Male||3:56||Neil Gourley||23||GBR|
|4th Male||3:56||Eric Avila||28||San Diego, CA|
|Female||4:19||Jenny Simpson||32||Boulder, CO|
|2nd Female||4:20||Colleen Quigley||25||Portland, OR|
|3rd Female||4:21||Melissa Courtney||25||GBR|
|4th Female||4:21||Emma Coburn||27||Boulder, CO|
|M 40-49||4:28||Boyd Carrington||45||Amityville, NY|
|M 50-59||4:43||Matthew Chaston||50||New York, NY|
|M 60-69||5:17||Colin Corkery||60||Needham, MA|
|M 70+||6:01||Mark McNally||71||Consett, USA|
|F 40-49||5:15||Christy Peterson||43||North Wales, PA|
|F 50-59||5:20||Jennifer Harvey||50||New York, NY|
|F 60-69||6:16||Heather Tolford||60||New York, NY|
|F 70+||7:06||Sylvie Kimche||71||New York, NY|
How fast can you travel a mile in Manhattan?A minute or so on an express subway, a couple more in a taxi or rideshare without traffic, and seemingly eons when gridlock descends.
There was no traffic jam for Jenny Simpson and Jake Wightman, the winners of the 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. In just 4:18.8 and 3:53.5, respectively, they ran gutsy races to triumph over stacked fields in cool and rainy conditions. Simpson, of the United States, extended her 5th Avenue Mile victory total to a mind-boggling seven, while Great Britain's Wightman, the 2018 European Championships bronze medalist,scored his first-ever win here. Colleen Quigley of the United States was second to Simpson in the women's race; four-time champion and 2017 winner Nick Willis of New Zealand was second to Wightman for the men.
“It’s kind of slick, so I wanted to play into that apprehension and take it out hard and say, if you want to run this race, you’ve got to come with me,” Simpson (also the event record-holder) told NBC. “We’re going to risk it all, life and limb.Colleen was a really formidable opponent today. I saved a little for her.”
For most of the pro runners, the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile was their final race of the 2018 outdoor season.