Sixth edition attracts eight sub-4 minute mens milers and nine sub-4:30 minute womens milers for Friday evening, July 28 downtown event; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; 3rd stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017
(PITTSBURGH) – The 6th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday, July 28 will host its deepest field to-date with eight sub-4 minute mens milers and nine sub-4:30 minute womens milers expected to compete for the $30,000 prize purse in the City of Champions. The star-studded line-up includes 4-time race champion Heather Kampf and 2016 U.S. Olympian and defending champion Ben Blankenship.
“We are proud to sponsor the Liberty Mile and are thrilled that it continues to attract the best American runners of all ages and abilities,” said Bob Moran, GNC CEO. “At GNC, our focus every day is to provide products that help our customers Live Well and its exciting to be a part of events that not only bring the community together, but also promote and encourage healthy lifestyles.”
Defending champion Kampf, 30, who also holds the event record of 4 minutes, 32 seconds, will face tough competition from rising mile stars Emily Lipari (4:27.19 mile personal best) and Lauren Johnson (4:25.04 mile PB). On the mens side, Blankenship, 27, who won last years race in 4:02 in his Pittsburgh debut will compete against a deep field of sub-4 minute milers including Riley Masters (3:55.80 mile PB) and Kyle Merber (3:52.22 mile PB). Full field list below.
This years American Development Pro Mile offers $25,000 in guaranteed prize money with each race champion awarded $5000. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is also the third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017.
For more event information including course map, visit: LIbertyMile.org. Click here to view the 2017 Media Guide.
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2017 Mens Field
|Ben Blankenship||NIKE Oregon Track Club||3:52.70|
|Colby Alexander||HOKA ONE ONE NJ*NY Track Club||3:50.30|
|Kyle Merber||HOKA ONE ONE NJ*NY Track Club||3:52.22|
|Pat Casey||NIKE Oregon Track Club||3:52.62|
|Eric Avila Team||Run Eugene||3:56.50|
|Brannon Kidder||Brooks Beasts Track Club||3:59.48|
|Nick Harris||Unattached||1:47.80 (800m)|
|2017 Womens Field|
|Stephanie Garcia||New Balance||4:24.68|
|Lauren Johnson||BAA Elite||4:25.04|
|Rachel Schneider||Under Armour||4:25.62|
|Emily Lipari||BAA Elite||4:27.19|
|Lianne Farber||NorCal Distance Project||4:27.39|
|Hannah Fields||Brooks Beasts Track Club||4:31.40|
|Katrina Coogan||New Balance||4:33.00|
|* = 1500 meters|
About the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
Organized by P3R, the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is Pittsburghs premier street race for all ages and abilities and offers a $30,000 prize purse with $5000 for each American Pro Mile champion. The 6th edition is part of the Bring Back the Mile GP Tour 2017. Read more at: LibertyMile.org
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 nations 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