Runners on your mark - Saturday 8/28/21 6:00 PM
Get ready - Conditions Perfect Forecast Sunny Skies and 80 degrees
Get set - 11 heats -- elite athletes to tiny tots -- more than $46,500 in prizes
GO! - The Yakima Mile race is back and that means family fun AND a chance to see some of the world's top 1-mile racers on Saturday’s Aug. 28 for the Downtown Yakima Mile.
For The Record
In 2019, the first year of the race, Amos Bartelsmeyer, running for Germany torched the Yakima avenue course running a mile in 3 minutes and 57-point-79 seconds which set a new Washington state men's mile record. To give that some perspective the current world record time in the one-mile race is 3:43.13 set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco. That is incredibly fast but just for fun consider this - What IF...
What if Usain Bolt, 3 time Olympic 100 meters Champion from Jamaica, could keep up his world record-holding pace for an entire mile?
In 2009 Bolt set the current world record for 100 meters at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany at 9.58 seconds. A mile is 1,609.34 meters so if the great Usain Bolt could hold that pace (he can't and nobody ever will) he would theoretically run a mile in 2 minutes, 9.8-seconds. That's a speed of nearly 28 miles per hour, more than twice as fast as the current mile record.
The Speedy Racers Are Planning To Attend
So that won't be happening but this year’s race features a field of more than 20 Elite milers, most with times under 4 minutes..
Olympian Matthew Centrowitz won gold in 2016 in the 1,500-meters with a time of 3:50:00 and became the first U.S. runner to win the event since 1908.
What you Need To Know
The Downtown Yakima Mile benefits the YWCA Yakima. The race starts on Yakima Avenue just east of 16th Avenue at 1003 W. Yakima Ave. and will end at Yakima's tallest downtown structure, the Larson Building.
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