FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World Championships Silver Medalists Nick Symmonds and Jenny Simpson
Lead Fields for NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan on
Sunday, September 22
Men's and Women's Fields Will Also Include Olympians Bernard Lagat,
Leo Manzano, Evan Jager, Shannon Rowbury, and Morgan Uceny
New York, September 12, 2013-More than 15 Olympians and World Championships
contestants will compete at the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan
on Sunday, September 22, it was announced today by New York Road Runners
president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. World Championships silver medalists
Nick Symmonds and Jenny Simpson will headline the men's and women's fields,
respectively. Other Olympians scheduled to race in the 33rd edition of
America's most famous road mile include Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Evan
Jager, Shannon Rowbury, and Morgan Uceny.
Additional world-class entrants from around the globe, and some of their
accomplishments, are listed below.
Athlete Backgrounds and Notable Performances
-Symmonds, 29, of Eugene, OR, is the 2013 World Championships 800-meter
silver medalist and a five-time USA 800-meter champion. He ran a
personal-best 1500 meters of 3:34.55 this year.
-Simpson, 27, of Boulder, CO, won the 2011 Fifth Avenue Mile. She won the
2011 World Championships 1500 meters in Daegu, South Korea, and followed
that up with the silver in the Moscow World Championships last month. She
is a seven-time USA champion and holds the American record in the
-Lagat, 38, of Tucson, AZ, is no stranger to the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile,
having finished fourth in 2009, second in 2008, 2010, and 2012, and first
in 2011. He is a five-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist. At
the 2013 Millrose Games, Lagat secured his seventh national record when he
won the two-mile in 8:09.49.
-Manzano, 29, of Austin, TX, is a two-time Olympian and the 2012 silver
medalist at 1500 meters. He placed third in last year's Fifth Avenue Mile
behind Matthew Centrowitz and Lagat, clocking 3:53.1.
-Evan Jager, 24, of Portland, OR, is the American record-holder in the
3000-meter steeplechase. He was sixth in that event at the London Olympics
and fifth at the World Championships last month.
-Nick Willis, 30, of New Zealand was the 2008 Olympic silver medalist and
the 2008 Fifth Avenue Mile champion.
-Rowbury, 29, of San Francisco, CA, is a two-time winner of the Fifth
Avenue Mile (2009 and 2010) and placed fifth last year. She is a 2009 World
Championships bronze medalist and a two-time Olympian.
-Morgan Uceny, 28, of Plymouth, IN, is a 2012 Olympian and was the world's
top-ranked 1500-meter runner in 2011.
-Lopez Lomong, 28, of Beaverton, OR, is a two-time Olympian, the USA
indoor 5000-meter record-holder, and the 2013 NYRR Wannamaker Mile
Champion. This will be his Fifth Avenue Mile debut.
-Ryan Hill, 23, of Raleigh, NC, is a 2013 World Championships team member
at 5000 meters.
-Daniel Huling, 30, of Portland, OR, is a 2013 World Championships team
member at the 3000-meter steeplechase.
-Garrett Heath, 27, of Palo Alto, CA is the 2013 USA Road Mile champion.
-Will Leer, 28, of Marina del Ray, CA, is the 2013 USA indoor mile and
-David Torrence, 27, of Oakland, CA, is a three-time USA champion and ran
a 1500-meter personal-best of 3:33.23 earlier this month.
-Gabriele Anderson, 27, of Minneapolis, MN, is the third-ranked U.S.
1500-meter runner of 2013.
-Zoe Buckman, 24, of Australia finished seventh at 1500 meters in the 2013
-Hannah England, 26, of Great Britain was the 2011 World Championships
silver medalist and finished third in last year's Fifth Avenue Mile.
-Susan Kuijken, 27, of the Netherlands finished eighth in the 2013 World
Championships 5000 meters.
-Chelsea Reilly, 24, of Oakland, CA is the 2013 USA Indoor 3000-meter
"I'm extremely excited to be returning to the Fifth Avenue Mile this year.
I'll be bringing with me a new personal best in the 1500 meters and am sure
to need my new-found strength to compete with the incredible field
assembled here. As is always the case, the Fifth Avenue Mile is a perfect
way to finish off a long season. The fun, energetic atmosphere of the
event, combined with the amazing cultural opportunities to be had in New
York, make it a must-run race for me!"
"I can't wait to return to New York City to once again wrap up my season at
the Fifth Avenue Mile. I'm returning to the U.S. after the summer circuit
and World Championships, and Fifth Avenue will be both one last chance to
compete and a celebration of what has already been one of the best seasons
of my career. New York Road Runners has created such a special event-it's a
favorite among American middle-distance runners!"
"The Fifth Avenue Mile is an event that invites thousands of spectators to
fill an incredibly exciting and spirited stretch of the City to see
athletes of all ages and abilities compete for their coveted fastest mile
times. We are excited to once again have our professional athlete fields,
inspirational runners like our very own Jenny Simpson, Nick Symmonds, and
Bernard Lagat, take off before our Children's Race, then line the finish,
cheering on our runners of the future."
Elite Men Mile Personal Best Twitter
Bernard Lagat 3:47.28, Rome, 2001 @lagat1500
Leo Manzano 3:50.64, London, 2010 @leomanzano
Nick Willis 3:50.66, Eugene, 2008 @nickwillis
Lopez Lomong 3:51.21(i), New York, 2013 @lopezlomong
David Torrence 3:52.01, Eugene, 2012 @david_torrence
Ryan Gregson 3:52.24, London, 2010 @ryangregson
Garrett Heath 3:53.15, London, 2013 N/A
Ben Blankenship 3:54.10, Eugene, 2010 N/A
Collis Birmingham 3:54.30, London, 2009 @cjbirmingham
Evan Jager 3:54.35, Eugene, 2009 @evanjager
Pablo Soloares 3:54.52(i), Boston, 2009 @psolares
Ryan Hill 3:54.89(i), New York, 2013 @RyanHillNCState
Will Leer 3:55.66(i), Boston, 2010 @william_leer
Craig Miller 3:56.41, Walnut, CA, 2012 N/A
Nick Symmonds 3:56.72(i), Seattle, 2007 @nicksymmonds
Matt Elliott 3:57.16, Nashville, 2013 @mattelliott1500
Daniel Huling 3:58.24(i), Seattle, 2012 @danielhuling
Brett Robinson 4:02.46, Dublin, 2011 @brettrobinson91
Ben St. Lawrence N/A @bennysaint
Elite Women Mile Personal Best Twitter
Shannon Rowbury 4:20.34, Rieti, 2008 @shannonrowbury
Jenny Simpson 4:25.91(i), College Sta, TX, 2009 @trackjenny
Gabriele Anderson 4:27.94, Falmouth, 2012 @gabrieleande
Chelsea Reilly 4:30.18, Falmouth, 2012 @CheReillyRuns
Hannah England 4:30.29, Gent, 2009 @hannengland
Nicole Schappert 4:30.65, Dublin, 2012 N/A
Zoe Buckman 4:30.86, Dublin, 2012 N/A
Susan Kuijken 4:34.11(i), Blacksburg, VA 2009 @susankuijken
Sara Vaughn 4:34.29, Falmouth, MA, 2011 @MomVaughn
Katie Mackey 4:34.98(i), Seattle, 2010 @KatieFMackey
Heather Kampf 4:37.13(i), Ames, IA, 2013 @HeatherRaeKampf
Morgan Uceny 4:38.87(i), South Bend, IN, 2008 N/A
Violah Lagat 4:39.42(i), Boston, 2013 @v_legit
Eilish McColgan 4:43(r), Newcastle, 2012 @EilishMcColgan
Margherita Magnani N/A @MaggieMagnani
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