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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 and 919.260.8013

2015 Oak City Mile – Meet the Elites

If you hadn’t heard, “The Oak City Mile is continuing Downtown Raleigh’s Road Mile tradition.” The inaugural event will be held this Sunday, September 13th at 2pm. It will once again be held on Hillsborough Street. This time, you’ll run the other direction. Want to see the course? Take a look here, or join us tonight at 6pm at Runologie at 401 Hillsborough Street at 6pm for a ‘Course Preview Run,’ where we’ll hit the course, then run the ‘Hopscotch Loop’ Downtown, before returning back (with the option of doing another ‘Oak City Mile’ loop or two. Special race discounts will be available too! Sign up at

Also, we’ll have some of the best runners in the state competing for the North Carolina USATF State Championship Sunday. Below are some of the athletes competing in the Open and Masters division. Would you like to compete yourself? Make sure your USATF membership is up to date (feel free to select Sir Walter Running as your club). Want complimentary entry? Send us an email with recent proof of a sub 4:25 mile for Men and sub 5:15 for Women before Saturday!

2015 Oak City Mile Elite Field

Isaac Presson – Asheville – Men’s Race
Isaac is a 3:58 miler and long time standout in the state of North Carolina. As a prep, he was a State Champion at Asheville High, and then an ACC Indoor Mile Champion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sandy Roberts – Raleigh – Men’s Race
Sandy holds the state road mile record of 3:51 at the Raleigh Downhill Mile, and was a State Champion at Broughton High. He was an All American at Georgetown, before finishing his college career at NC State, where he ran the NCAA finals in the 5000 meters.

Andie Cozzarelli – Raleigh – Women’s Race
Andie has long ties to the area as a former State Champion at Apex High, then as an All American at NC State. She recently ran a 1:13 half marathon and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials that will be held the February in Los Angeles.

Abby Farley – Durham – Women’s Race
Abby is a recent graduate of Duke University, where she had personal bests of 2:06 in the 800, 54 in the 400, and 4:39 in the 1500. She is currently training in Durham with hopes of competing in the 2016 US Track and Field Olympic Trials.

Deanna Foshee – Cary – Women’s Race
Deanna is a longtime staple in the Triangle; starting at Cary High, where she was a four-time State Champion and All American in the 4×800. She ran collegiately at NC State, where she had personal bests of 2:13 in the 800 meters and 4:35 in the 1500 meters.

Ericka Charles – Durham – Women’s Race
Ericka is a long time staple in the Triangle running community. As a prep, she was a State Champion at Durham School of Arts. She then competed collegiately at East Carolina University. She now competes for Speed Factory Athletics, and ran a personal best mile of 5:00 at the Sir Walter Miler.

Robyn Holland – Winston-Salem – Women’s Race
Robyn is the co-owner and manager of Crazy Running, a running program for athletes ages 8–14. She was a national runner up in the 1500 at USATF Masters Nationals in 2014 (5:01) and also ran a lifetime 5K PR of 17:51 at age 43.

Molly Nunn – Winston-Salem – Women’s Race
Molly generally opts for longer races, but still holds a personal best of 4:59 in the mile; and is a multiple time champion of ‘The Ultimate Runner,’ an annual event that includes running the running of a 100, 400, 800, mile and 5k; all within a few hours.

Marisa Ryan – Durham – Women’s Race
Marisa was an All American at Boston University and is a veteran of the Mag Mile, where she ran 5:02 in 2013. She holds a personal best time of 4:45.

Oak City Mile – Course Preview

Sunday, September 13th will mark the inaugural Oak City Mile. The event continues Downtown Raleigh’s Road Mile tradition. It is a new course, so below are some key check points that you’ll want to know as you prepare your race plan! This Thursday, September 10th at 6pm, there will be a course preview run from Runologie at 401 B Hillsborough Street. There will be a special discount code available that day, so make sure you come out! They’ll also host advanced check in and registration on Saturday from 3-5pm.

For more information, check out our press release: “The Oak City Mile continues Downtown Raleigh’s Road Mile tradition.” And don’t forget to sign up at


Course preview run will be Thursday, September 10 at Runologie, with packet pickup on Saturday


The drain marks the start/finish of the Oak City Mile


100 meters from the finish (and the start), by the Stop Hunger Now building


200 meters to go (and from the start) – by Allen’s Automotive


300 meters in/300 meters out (St. Mary’s intersection)


The hash by the mini is 400 meters from the start/finish (near NC SECU)


Mayo marks 600 meters to go (and from the start)


‘One Way’ marks halfway (Morgan Street Roundabout)


The post-race party will be at State of Beer. Grab a picnic table out front early!

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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

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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 and 919.260.8013

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