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Fifth Avenue Mile

The Fifth Avenue Mile is an annual 1 mile (1.6 km) road race in New York City. The race begins at East 80th Street and heads straight down Fifth Avenue to East 60th Street. First held on September 26, 1981,[1] the race is currently organized by New York Road Runners and has attracted big-name sponsors including Continental Airlines and Reebok.

The competition is almost unique in that it is a mile run road race which attracts world-class runners. The Milla Sagrada Família in Barcelona is the only other contemporary race to do so. The Fifth Avenue Mile has also inspired similar events in the same mould, including the Anlene Orchard Mile in Singapore.[2]

The record performances of the race are Sydney Maree's victory at the inaugural race in 3:47.52, and PattiSue Plumer's time of 4:16.68 set in 1990. Spain's Isaac Viciosa has historically been the most successful athlete at the competition, having won four consecutive races from 1995 to 1998. The winners at most recent edition in 2012 were Americans Matthew Centrowitz and Brenda Martinez.


Key:       Course record

Year Men's winner Nationality Time
Women's winner Nationality Time
1981 Sydney Maree  United States 3:47.52 Leann Warren  United States 4:25.31
1982 Tom Byers  United States 3:51.35 Debbie Scott  Canada 4:23.96
1983 Steve Scott  United States 3:49.77 Wendy Sly  United Kingdom 4:22.66
1984 John Walker  New Zealand 3:53.62 Maricica Puică  Romania 4:24.35
1985 Frank O'Mara  Ireland 3:52.28 Lynn Williams  Canada 4:25.03
1986 José Luis González  Spain 3:53.52 Maricica Puică  Romania 4:19.48
1987 Peter Elliott  United Kingdom 3:53.52 Kirsty Wade  United Kingdom 4:22.70
1988 Steve Scott  United States 3:53.43 Mary Slaney  United States 4:20.03
1989 Peter Elliott  United Kingdom 3:52.95 Paula Ivan  Romania 4:28.25
1990 Peter Elliott  United Kingdom 3:47.83 PattiSue Plumer  United States 4:16.68
1991 Matthew Yates  United Kingdom 3:56.75 Alisa Hill  United States 4:31.57
1992 Itamar Da Silva  Brazil 4:00.37 Alicia Kelly  United States 4:43.07
1993 Ron Harris  United States 3:58.0 Lauren Gubicza  United States 4:37.9
1994 Jason Pyrah  United States 3:52.3 Regina Jacobs  United States 4:27.8
1995 Isaac Viciosa  Spain 3:47.8 Sinéad Delahunty  Ireland 4:25.2
1996 Isaac Viciosa  Spain 3:53.67 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 4:26.69
1997 Isaac Viciosa  Spain 3:53.66 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 4:22.96
1998 Isaac Viciosa  Spain 3:55.59 Regina Jacobs  United States 4:20.8
1999 Ben Kapsoiya  Kenya 4:05.4 Alisa Hill  United States 4:41.3
2000 Jason Lunn  United States 4:03.9 Kim McGreevy  United States 4:38.9
2001 John Itati  Kenya 4:02.3 Kim McGreevy  United States 4:39.8
2002 Leonard Mucheru  Kenya 3:55.2 Grace Njoki  Kenya 4:37.7
2003 John Itati  Kenya 3:56 Theresa Du Toit  South Africa 4:53
2004 Elarbi Khattabi  Morocco 4:10 Andrea Haver  United States 4:51
2005 Craig Mottram  Australia 3:49.9 Carmen Douma-Hussar  Canada 4:28.0[3]
2006 Kevin Sullivan  Canada 3:54.1 Sara Hall  United States 4:28.0[4]
2007 Alan Webb  United States 3:52.7 Carmen Douma-Hussar  Canada 4:22.8[5]
2008 Nick Willis  New Zealand 3:50.5 Lisa Dobriskey  United Kingdom 4:18.6[6]
2009 Andrew Baddeley  United Kingdom 3:51.8 Shannon Rowbury  United States 4:23.3[7]
2010 Amine Laalou  Morocco 3:52.83 Shannon Rowbury  United States 4:24.12[8]
2011 Bernard Lagat  United States 3:50.50 Jennifer Simpson  United States 4:22.3[9]
2012 Matthew Centrowitz  United States 3:52.4 Brenda Martinez  United States 4:24.2[10]
2013 Nick Willis  New Zealand 3:52.1 Jennifer Simpson  United States 4:19.3[11]

See also


  • Turner, Chris (2005-09-22). IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.

External links

  • New York Road Runners website
  • Winners of the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile at (1981-2009)
  • Historical Fifth Avenue Mile articles from New York Times
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