Family-friendly road race has attracted some of the country’s fastest milers, including returning champions Heather Kampf, Robert Domanic and Emily Lipari
The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, downtown Pittsburgh’s only evening road race, returns on Friday, August 9. Named “one of America’s most iconic races” by Runner's World, this family-friendly “pop-up” running event will showcase a variety of fitness levels, from first-time runners to some of America’s fastest athletes. This year’s star-studded pro athlete line-up includes 4-time winner Heather Kampf, defending champion Robert Domanic and 2017 winner Emily Lipari.
This “night at the races” will feature eight waves of runners starting with the recreational level and ending with the best milers in the country. For the first time, the race will also feature a Virtual Mile that will inspire people to run their best mile even if they can’t make it Downtown for the event. The race offers a $28,200 prize purse, one of the largest for U.S. road mile races.
“This race – whether you’re joining us Downtown or running virtually from wherever you are located – needs to be part of your running bucket list,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “It’s short, fast, and fun for everyone, regardless of your skill level or interest. After you cross the finish line, we hope you stick around to watch some of the nation’s fastest milers race to the finish in hopes of taking home the $5,000 top prize.”
On the women’s side, race champions Lipari and Kampf are ready to dominate the streets of Pittsburgh and earn another crown. Lipari is the 2018 USA Road Mile Champion and has a Mile personal best of 4:28.84. She won the 2017 Liberty Mile in 4:35. Kampf, who is known as the “Queen of the Road Mile,” has won an astounding 28 road miles since 2011, including four Liberty Mile crowns. She also set the event record of 4:32 in 2013.
“The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile is always a highlight of my year, so it was so disappointing to miss it last year,” Kampf said when asked about why she loves running in Pittsburgh. “I hope my return to a familiar course and my favorite fans will help bring out my best.”
Challenging Kampf and Lipari will be rising star Rachel Schneider. Schneider recently set a mile personal best of 4:20.91, the fifth-fastest U.S. time on an outdoor track. In October, she will be representing the USA in the 5000 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
Last year, Domanic won the Men’s Pro Race in 4 minutes,1 second, beating out a field of top American runners in his debut road mile. In 2019, he’s kept his momentum going and won the B.A.A. Invitational Mile and finished runner up in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
“I’m excited to come back to Pittsburgh and defend my title,” Domanic said. “The town and everyone involved in putting this race together are great. The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile was the first win I had as a post collegiate, so I’m excited to come back.”
Domanic will face a packed field of seven sub 4:00 minute milers, including Pat Casey (3:52.62 personal best), Riley Masters (3:55.80 personal best) and Mac Fleet (3:56.77 personal best).
The men’s event record is 3:59, set by Craig Miller in 2012 and Jordan McNamara in 2015. The women’s event record is 4:32, set by Heather Kampf in 2013. With this year’s fast pro fields, spectators may get their chance to see history made and records broken. See below for the full fields for the men’s and women’s divisions for the Pro Mile, presented by Fleet Feet Pittsburgh.
||Reebok Boston Track Club
||Columbus Running Company
||High Pointe Track Club
||adidas/ Mission Athletic Club
||adidas/ Mission Athletic Club
The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile is the third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2019
. This year's tour features five top U.S. Mile events, exciting racing action and overall prize money exceeding $110,000. For more event information or to register, visit: LibertyMile.org
Media who wish to apply for accreditation for the 2019 Fleet Feet Liberty Mile should email your request to Kelsey Emch at Kelsey.Emch@P3R.org or call 417-425-9400. For more information, visit www.LibertyMile.org/media
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About the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile
Run by P3R, the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile is your chance to see just how fast you can run a mile. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to see who can run the fastest. Pittsburgh’s only nighttime downtown road race offers a $28,200 prize purse with $5,000 for each Pro Mile champion. Read more at: LibertyMile.org
P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to run with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and 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. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org