Deep Field of Sub-4 Milers Ready to Race in Pittsburgh at the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

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Thirteen sub-4 minute men’s milers and five sub-4:30 minute women’s milers expected in Steel City for Friday evening, July 31 event; $25,000 prize purse; third stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015 


(PITTSBURGH) - A prize purse of $25,000 has attracted some of the country’s top milers to Pittsburgh for the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday evening, July 31. Thirteen sub-4 minute men’s milers and five sub-4:30 minute women’s milers will compete for the $4000 champion’s prize in this unique downtown 1 Mile road race.

The deep men’s field includes 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champion Jordan McNamara, 28, who will return to the Steel City to defend his title. A two-time event runner-up in 2012 and 2013, McNamara edged out 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano in the 2014 race, clocking 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

“I’m excited to return to the City of Bridges with an aim at defending my GNC Live Well Liberty Mile title,” McNamara said. “This city has always shown myself and all runners incredible support. I look forward to throwing everything I have into what I expect to be an unforgettable performance!”

McNamara, who lives in Eugene, OR, faces tough competition against fellow OTC Elite teammates Pat Casey and Mac Fleet. Casey has a Mile personal record of 3:52.62 that he set last year at the Morton Games, and Fleet has a Mile PR of 3:56.77. Another addition to the field is Jeff See of Furman Elite, who has Mile PR of 3:52.90. 

Gabriele Grunewald, 29, took the women’s crown last year breaking the tape in 4:33. Grunewald’s competitors this year are in top form led by two-time GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champion and event record holder Heather Kampf and Amanda Eccleston, who has a Mile PR of 4:25.78 set at the 2014 Ryan Shay Mile.  

“I'm really looking forward to returning to Pittsburgh to defend my title in the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile,” said Grunewald who resides in Minneapolis, MN. “This will be my third year racing and this event has quickly become one of my favorites on the road racing circuit. I can't wait to get back this year and take a crack at the course record.” 

The American Development Pro Mile features $20,000 in guaranteed prize money that goes 10 deep with each race champion awarded $4000. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is also the third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015. 

Live coverage of the American Development Pro Miles will be available on Periscope via @LibertyMile on Twitter at 8:00 p.m. EST. For more event information including course map, visit: LibertyMile.org

About the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
Organized by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is Pittsburgh’s premier street race for all ages and abilities and offers a $25,000 prize purse with $4000 for each American Pro Mile champion. The 4th edition is part of the 2015 Bring Back the Mile Tour. Read more at: LibertyMile.org 

FACEBOOK:  LibertyMile     TWITTER:  @LibertyMile  HASHTAG:  #LibertyMile

About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at: www.P3R.org

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2015 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
American Development Pro Mile Field 

 

MEN:

Name

Affiliation

Personal Best

Twitter

Jordan McNamara

Nike OTC Elite

3:50.91

@jordanmcnamara

Pat Casey

Nike OTC Elite

3:52.62

@patkc13

Jeff See

Furman Elite

3:52.90

@jeffsee_

Jack Bolas

New Balance

3:53.50

@jackbolas87

Colby Alexander

Unattached

3:36.49 (1500m)

@okaycolby

Jake Edwards

Brooks

3:56.62

@jedwards1609

Mac Fleet

Nike OTC Elite

3:56.77

@macfleet1

Lex Williams

Unattached

3:57.30

@lexwilliams

Daniel Winn

Unattached

3:57.62

@danielwinn

Jake Hurysz

Unattached

3:58.13

@jakehurysz

Travis Mahoney

NJ*NY Track Club

3:58.61

@UrbanSteepler

John Simons

ZAP Fitness

3:59.32

@snowis11

Tom Scott

Unattached

3:59.81

@TScottRun

Jonathan Peterson

Team USA MN

4:00.41

@jonpeterson89

Brandon Hudgins

Unattached

4:01.64

@bhudgnasty

 

WOMEN:

 

Name

 

Affiliation

 

Personal Best

 

Twitter

Gabriele Grunewald

Team USA MN

4:21.30

@gg_runs

Heather Kampf

Team USA MN

4:21.39

@heatherraekampf

Amanda Eccleston

Brooks Running

4:25.78

@AmandaEcc

Ashley Higginson

Saucony

4:28.00

@AshleyHigz

Christy Cazzola

Oiselle

4:29.14

@fivecraycazzola

Rachel Schneider

Under Armour

4:30.62

@rachschneid18

Hannah Fields

Brooks Beasts

4:31.40

@runhannahfields

Lea Wallace

SRA Elite

4:32.06

@Lea_Wallace

Emily Lipari

BAA Elite

4:32.40

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Bridget Franek

Team Run Eugene

4:37.95

@blfranek

Elaina Balouris

BAA Elite

Debut

@embalouris

Samantha Malmfeldt

Unattached

4:48.00

@shamilton122


 
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