According to a press release from the Genesee Valley Harriers, the Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile will be at 6 p.m. on Friday June 10 at St. John Fisher College’s Polisseni Track and Field Complex.
“The Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile is one of Rochester’s premier races, attracting elite runners from throughout our area and beyond,” said Coach Mike Reif of the Genesee Valley Harriers. “For this year’s elite race, we’re in the process of attracting several sub-4 minute milers. We look forward to having a talented field that may produce Rochester’s first sub-4 minute mile. No matter the race, there will be lots of excitement for runners and spectators alike at the St. John Fisher College track on the evening of June 10.”
The race honors the late Charlie McMullen, a local top competitive runner who broke the 4-minute mile mark a number of times, with a personal best of 3:56. A special education teacher in the Rochester City School District, Charlie passed away from cancer at age 52 in 2003.
Sanctioned by USA Track and Field, the Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile attracts elite male and female runners. It is, however, much more than a single event, consisting of multiple one-mile races or heats. There is a race for runners of all abilities.
“For runners who have never competed in a one-mile race, the Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile will present a fun and rewarding experience,” said Race Director Carol Bischoff. “Competitors will run in heats based on expected pace for the mile. When a participant registers, he or she puts down an estimated completion time. We allocate runners with similar times in their respective age group, and, of course, male or female. Besides running in one’s own race, participants will have the opportunity to see top-notch local- and national-ranked runners compete.”
Bischoff added there will be 1-mile heats for children 14-years-old and under, a ‘Sub 4’ event for the youngest runners in which they can run less than four laps, heats for high school aged boys and girls, which will then be followed by the adult heats. The Men’s and Women’s Elite races will close out the evening, and are sure to be the highlights of the day’s events.
The Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile has established a series of cash prizes for the runner field that include first place prizes of $600 for Elite Men and Women, $150 for the USATF-Niagara Open Championship, and $125 for Masters Men and Women. “To further incentivize an elite runner to clock a sub-4 minute mile, we have put in place a $500 bonus,” Reif added. “It’s conceivable a competitor could win $1,250 by finishing in first place, breaking a 4-minute mile and claiming first place in the USATF-Niagara Open Championship.”
For registration and additional Charlie McMullen Memorial Mile events information, go here.
“Last year, we had more than 120 people participate and are looking forward to hosting more at this year’s events,” Bischoff said.
The youth and ‘Sub 4’ races (14 and under) are free, high school races are $10 and adult mile races are $15. Race day registration is $20. The event is free to spectators.
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