To close their seasons, 15 Tokyo Olympians, three Olympic medalists and two former event champions will compete on Manhattan’s iconic artery in the rounds of professional athletes on the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. The event in New York takes place on Sunday, September 12.
The 40th New Balance 5th Avenue Mile Race – billed as “the world’s most iconic road race since 1981” – spans 20 blocks along the east side of Central Park.
In addition to the age-specific playoffs, an NYPD / FDNY series will take place to mark the 20th anniversary weekend of 9/11. There will also be a Back to School Mile for 12-18 year olds, a George Sheehan Memorial Mile for seniors and NYRR Road Mile Championship Rounds.
“The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile is an iconic race that invites people of all ages and abilities to take to one of New York’s most famous streets,” said Ted Metellus, vice president of events at NYRR and Race Director of the TCS New York Marathon.
“This year will be incredibly exciting with a number of Olympians joining us after their best performances in Tokyo, and we look forward to showing the city’s resilience and honoring the work of those who participate in the FDNY / NYPD Heat. to mark 20 years since 9/11.
The NYRR Road Mile Championships and Professional Athlete Races will be broadcast live on USATF.TV for free, starting at 11:35 a.m.ET, with a webcast for on-demand viewing available on USATF.TV +.
Three-time American Olympian Matthew Centrowitz, who won Rio 2016 Olympic gold in the 1500m and 5th Avenue Mile in 2012, will lead the way in the professional men’s race. Two-time US Olympian Paul Chelimo, who won bronze in Tokyo and silver in Rio in the 5,000m, will also be on the starting line.
“I am delighted to be returning to New York for my sixth race on 5th Avenue, a race I first won nine years ago,” said Centrowitz. “Coming back to the East and finishing my season there is like a big late-summer tradition, and I’m looking to show the rest of the guys that I still have a step or two left in 2021.”
Their challenge will be two-time US Olympian and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 800m Clayton Murphy; Jake Wightman, Olympic and event champion 2018, and gold medalist at the Olympic and European indoor championships Adel Mechaal.
A trio of other Americans to watch out for will be Tokyo Olympians Joe Klecker, Mason Ferlic and Hilary Bor, Ferlic entering the event for the third time and Klecker and Bor making their debut in the event after competing in Tokyo earlier. This year.
The professional women’s race will see a first winner, with top contenders including USATF Road Mile Championships runner-up Shannon Osika; British indoor record holder and Olympian Jemma Reekie; and European Indoor Championships gold medalist Amy-Eloise Markovc.