Sir Walter Miler - Track Elites Compete in Local Race, New Women's World Record Set in Denim Mile
It's not often you see a women's world record broken. On Friday night the world record for the fastest denim mile run by a woman was smashed on the track of Meredith College as part of the Sir Walter Miler races. With an exciting line-up of denim runners, local running teams tackling the 4x400 relay, and a talented line-up of men's and women's elites, it was a great stage for world records and chasing the sub-4:00 mile time.
The Raleigh Denim Mile
Sponsored by Raleigh Denim and Citius Mag, the Raleigh Denim Mile was a spectacle of athletic feats in 100% cotton denim. With a first place finish by Alex Boseman (4:37.72) and a new world record by Heather Wilson (4:58.84) the top male and female racers went home styling a new pair of Raleigh Denim jeans (which, after buying my third pair of Raleigh Denim recently, makes me think I should start training for a fast mile!)
Local Groups in 4x400 Relays
The first heat of the 4x400 relay was comprised of local running groups with a strong showing of Fleet Feet groups (Carrboro, Raleigh, and Morrisville), and Bull City to represent Durham amid a deep field of Raleigh runners. The second heat consisted mostly of beer running groups, with groups based out of Bond Brothers and Fullsteam among others. Summer of Miles (of the Summer of Miles podcast) took first place in the Triangle Clash Mile Relay, while the Nog Run Club defended their title in the Brewery Run Battle Mile Relay.
Women's Elite Mile
And then the elites took to the track. Now in its fourth year, the Sir Walter Miler has offered an intimate setting for Raleigh runners to watch men and women elites take the track and chase the incredible goals of sub-4:30 mile for women and sub-4:00 mile for men. While the arrival of an ambulance resulted in a late start for the women's elite, the sub-4:30 mile was tantalizingly close with the first place finish of 4:31.72 by Amanda Eccleston, followed by Steph Garcia (4:31.87) and Kate Van Buskirk (4:32.11).
Men's Elite Mile
The men's elite crushed the sub-4:00 mile goal, with the top nine finishers completing the race in under four minutes. Drew Hunter finished first (3:57.32) followed closely by Pfafftown, North Carolina native Craig Engels (3:57.67) who celebrated his first sub-4:00 mile, and Izaik Yorks in third place (3:58.57). Three other men achieved their first sub-4:00 miles, earning the $250 bonus prize for their achievements.
The Sir Walter Miler was an exciting start to the fall running season in the Triangle, and inspired runners from young cross-country aspirants to aging recreational marathoners and everyone in between. Having completed its fourth year, the Sir Walter Miler will return to Raleigh in August 2018.