Downtown Pittsburgh’s only evening road race featured a $28,200 prize purse
PITTSBURGH (August 9, 2019) – At the 8th Fleet Feet Liberty Mile on Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, the pro races ended in two thrilling finishes as Emily Lipari of Washington D.C. and defending champion Robert Domanic of Charlottesville, VA put on closing bursts to edge their respective fields, clocking 4 minutes, 34 seconds and 4:08, respectively.
In a championship-style race, none of the men wanted to take the lead too early. The entire group held back until the last 200 meters, but in the end, it was Domanic who overcame the rest to break the tape right before Dan Herrera (4:09) and Pat Casey (4:09), who took home second and third place finishes, respectively.
“It feels great to defend my title in Pittsburgh,” Domanic said. “The city always shows up for this race and brings great energy. I can’t wait to come back.”
In the women’s race, the pack stayed together through the first half of the race until they turned from 11th Street onto Liberty Avenue near the 2:18 mark. That’s when Jessica Harris and Rachel Schneider made their move to the front. With fewer than 300 meters to go, though, Lipari put on the speed and charged to the front to break the tape two seconds before Harris who finished second and Eleanor Fulton who finished third in 4:36.
“I love racing in Pittsburgh,” Lipari said. “I have had a rough season, so it felt really good to come back and win tonight. This race is special to me.” Lipari previously won the Liberty Mile in 2017.
The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, downtown Pittsburgh’s only evening road race, has been repeatedly named “one of America’s most iconic races” by Runner’s World. The event showcased more than 1,100 runners from a variety of fitness levels, from first-time runners to some of America’s fastest athletes. The event attracted top American runners with a $28,200 in guaranteed prize money, one of the largest Mile prize purses in the U.S. Lipari and Domanic earned $5,000 each as the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile champions.
As part of P3R’s mission to inspire any and all to run, the event offered a Virtual Mile for the first time, encouraging all those unable to make it to downtown Pittsburgh to participate wherever they choose. Additionally, the event hosted its largest-ever kids’ field, with nearly 20% of participants aged 17 or younger.
The event was also the third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2019. The next Tour stop is the Aenta Falmouth Elite Mile on Saturday, August 17. The guaranteed prize purse for the five Tour events totals $101,800 plus an additional $10,000 for the Grand Prix athletes. The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile is the second of three events runners need to complete to earn their inaugural Run with P3R medal; the first was any event in the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events (May 4-5), and the final is the 2019 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on Nov. 2.
8th Fleet Feet Liberty Mile
Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2019: Third Stop
Friday, August 9, 2019
Robert Domanic, VA, 4:08, $5000
Dan Herrera, LA, 4:09, $3000
Pat Casey, AZ, 4:09, $2000
Riley Masters, CO, 4:09, $1000
Brett Meyer, KS, 4:10, $500
Jake Edwards, OH 4:12,
Mac Fleet, CA, 4:12
Brandon Hudgins, NC, 4:12
Bryce Richards, IL, 4:22
Emily Lipari, DC, 4:34, $5000
Jessica Harris, IN, 4:36, $3000
Eleanor Fulton, OR, 4:36, $2000
Rachel Schneider, AZ, 4:36, $1000
Heather Kampf, MN, 4:37, $500
Taryn Rawlings, OR, 4:40
Anna Shields, PA, 4:46
Alex Wilson, IA, 4:51
Therese Haiss, OH, 4:54
Daniel Jaskowak, 25, of Blacksburg, VA, and Emily Carter, 16, of Bethel Park, PA won the Unstoppable Heat with times of 4:19 and 5:11, respectively. The Masters champions, 40 & older, were Joey Zins, 40, of Export, PA, and Amy Crain, 41, of Pittsburgh, PA in 4:46 and 5:30 respectively; each took home $500.
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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