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Press Release: The Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile takes to Centennial Parkway this Friday, June 17th

June 13, 2016 – Raleigh, North Carolina – After presenting the 2013 Sandman Mile, the 2014 and 2015 Sir Walter Miler, and the 2015 and 2016 Pop Up Miles, Sir Walter Running will be producing their first road race, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, this Friday, June 17th. The USATF-certified course will take place near NC State’s Centennial Campus, starting by the Oval Drive/Centennial Parkway intersection, and finishing just before the Agriculture Street/Centennial Parkway intersection. The course drops over 130 feet from start to finish.

Athletes will take a “downhill-assisted” shot at their personal best times, and the best known road mile times in North Carolina history, which are held by Christy Cazzola, who ran 4:41 at the 2014 Magnificent Mile, and Sandy Roberts, who ran 3:51 at the 2014 Raleigh Downhill Mile. The top five athletes in the competitive female and male races will also qualify for the 2016 Pop Up Miles Championship; a race in which the winners are allowed a spot to compete in the elite races at the 2016 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held Friday, August 5th at Meredith College. The race is also a qualifier for the USATF NC – State Open Mile Championship for Men and Women.

The schedule for the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile includes: Race Day Registration at 5pm (ending at 6:30pm), Women’s Competitive Race at 7pm, Men’s Competitive Race at 7:20pm,  a Recreational Run/Walk at 7:40pm, and a Post-Race Party and the Runologie Awards Ceremony at 8:30pm at Trophy Brewing Co. at 656 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Salming Running USA will have a “Sprint to the Middle” bonus, which will reward the first athlete in the female and male competitive races a pair of their Race 3 racing flats. Tradition Scarves will also be providing an event specific “bandito” to the first 200 people that register for the race. BaySix USA will be providing race t-shirts.

Packet pickup and  registration will be at Runologie (401 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603), this Thursday from 5-7pm and Friday from 11am-1pm, and on raceday (from 5-6:30pm by the starting line). Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday.

Parking will be available in nearby NC State Centennial Campus parking lots (map here) and at Trophy Brewing Co. at 656 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603.

More information is available at RaleighRunDown.com The course preview is below.

Follow Sir Walter Running on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, and sign up for the email list for more information on future events (including Pop Up Mile locations).

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

Press Release: Presson and Cozzarelli take State Titles at inaugural Oak City Mile

Isaac Presson and Andi Cozzarelli take State Titles at inaugural Oak City Mile

September 15, 2015 – Raleigh, NC – It was a beautiful afternoon for the inaugural Oak City Mile on Sunday, September 13th in Downtown Raleigh. Temperatures in the low 70’s, low humidity, and a slight breeze highlighted the new course that started on Hillsborough Street, near the end of Glenwood Avenue, and ran around the traffic circle at Morgan Street and back. The event carries on Downtown Raleigh’s longtime road mile tradition, and saw runners with local ties take the North Carolina USATF State Titles. The event was also a ‘Bring Back the Mile’ featured event.

In the Men’s Race, 2014 University of North Carolina gradate, Isaac Presson, took the State Championship in 4:25, with Raleigh’s Sandy Roberts (4:35) and Ben Rachunok (4:38) finishing closely behind. In the Masters division, Raleigh’s Colin Jones (4:47) held of Apex’s Paul Jones (4:55) for the 40+ State Title.

In the Women’s Race, Apex High and North Carolina State graduate, Andie Cozzarelli, took the win in 4:58. She was followed by former Boston University All American, Marisa Ryan (5:07), and recent Duke graduate, Abby Farley (5:09). In the Masters division, Winston-Salem took the top spots with Robyn Holland (5:35) finishing just ahead of Betsy Armentrout (5:44) for the State Title.

The Oak City Mile is managed by Precision Race. The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association is the designated charity for the event. Gold Sponsors for the event were Runologie, who provided awards, and Raleigh-based investment advisory firm, CAPTRUST. Bronze sponsors for the event were State of Beer, who hosted the post-race party, and Bay Six, who provided unique ‘Race Singlets,’ in contrast to the standard race t-shirt. Sir Walter Running provided publicity and elite athlete management for the first year race.

NC USATF State Championship Results:

Top Males Overall
1. Isaac Presson – Asheville – 4:25 ($350)
2. Sandy Roberts – Raleigh – 4:33 ($250)
3. Ben Rachunok – Raleigh – 4:38 ($200)

Top Male Masters
1. Colin Jones – Raleigh – 4:47  ($200)
2. Paul Jones – Apex – 4:55 ($150)

Top Female Overall
1. Andie Cozzarelli – Raleigh – 4:58 ($350)
2. Marisa Ryan – Durham – 5:07 ($250)
3. Abby Farley – Durham – 5:09 ($200)

Top Female Masters
1. Robyn Holland – Winston-Salem – 5:35 ($200)
2. Betsy Armentrout – Winston-Salem – 5:44 ($150)

Full Results are available here via Precision Race

For more information, contact Pat Price at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

The Oak City Mile continues Downtown Raleigh’s Road Mile tradition

August 27, 2015 – Raleigh, NC – Despite course changes, Raleigh’s Downtown Road Mile will continue on its regular Sunday afternoon in September (the 13th) with the Oak City Mile. The course will now start on the railroad bridge on Hillsborough Street and head towards campus, with the halfway turnaround at the Morgan Street roundabout. The open event will once again serve as the North Carolina USATF Road Mile Championship with $2300 in prize money up for grabs. Raleigh-based investment advisory firm, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, will serve as the Gold Level sponsor of the event.

Local road race veterans, Precision Race, will handle timing and event management. “We’ve been involved with the previous race for several years, and we were sad to see it go. We decided to keep honor the tradition of the downtown mile race and keep the mile alive  by creating the Oak City Mile. We appreciate the support we have received from the City of Raleigh, Runologie, the ALS Association Jim “Catfish” Hunter chapter, and the Sir Walter Miler team. We expect a strong elite field and many members of our running community to come out for the inaugural race on September 13th,” said Precision’s Bruce Bokish.

Runologie will host a course preview run on Thursday, September 10th; and will also host pre-race packet pick up, and a post-race party, with their neighbors, State of Beer. “The running vibe on Hillsborough Street wouldn’t be the same without a fall mile race. We are thrilled to be a part of bringing the race back,” said Runologie Co-Owner Brent Francese.

Sir Walter Running will handle all publicity for the event, as well as elite athlete coordination. Coming off of the recent success of the Sir Walter Miler, where Sports Illustrated called the event the “best glimpse of future growth for American track,”  the group will look to put together a field of the best milers in the state. Elite athletes will include Isaac Presson (3:58.67), Sandy Roberts (4:01.21), Andie Cozzarelli (4:47.92), Molly Nunn (4:59), Ericka Charles (5:00.21), and more to be announced.

The Oak City Mile is also a Bring Back the Mile featured event. “We love working with community events who are celebrating the Mile and Raleigh has shown an incredible affinity for the iconic distance,” stated Bring Back the Mile’s David Monico. “The Oak City Mile is another great event that truly showcases that the Mile is for everyone – whether you’re 8 or 80, just looking to get in a fun family run, a fast workout or looking to break 4 minutes!”

Oak City Mile Race Information

On the web: OakCityMile.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Race Location: Start/Finish is on the railroad bridge on Hillsborough Street between the Edenton Street merge and Glenwood Avenue

Course Preview Run: Thursday, September 10th – 6pm at Runologie

Packet Pick Up: Saturday, September 12th – 3-5 pm Advanced Check-In & Registration at Runologie

Race Day: Sunday, September 13th – Noon to 2pm – Race Day Check-In & Registration

  • 2:00 pm:  Men’s Mile Race
  • 2:20 pm:  Women’s Mile Race
  • 2:50 pm:  Awards at Runologie
  • 3:00 pm:  Post-race social at State of Beer

Open Awards

  • Prizes (based on gun time) are provided by Runologie and include Top 3 Overall and Masters

  • Age Group:  15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

USATF Awards

  • Open (Men & Women): 1st – $350, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $200

  • Masters (Men & Women): 1st – $200, 2nd – $150

  • Winners must be active USATF members who lived in NC for the past year and provide their USATF number

For more information, contact Pat Price with Sir Walter Running at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

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