This race is a salute to the historical allure of the one mile run. Most runners, along with the general public, are familiar with the first sub 4 minute mile run by the late Sir Roger Bannister. On May 6, 1954, Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. That race, some 64 years ago, set a standard to which high school, college and professional runners continue to aspire to this day.
Typically, runners experience the one mile run only as part of a track meet. Most often at a high school or college track team event. This race will not be run on a standard 400 meter track but rather at a unique venue.
Runners will negotiate approximately two laps around one of America’s iconic auto race tracks…The Martinsville Speedway. Built in 1947, the track continues 72 years later as a major stop on the NASCAR circuit, hosting the STP 500 and the First Data 500 Monster Energy Cup races. They will finish their race at the same checker board finish line used for auto races.
Runners enjoy the opportunity to test their optimum mile speed. The reason is simple. One’s best time in the mile is a good predictor of how fast one can run longer road races with proper training. For example, based on several well-known running calculators, if you can run a 7:00 mile, you can likely run a 23:30-24:00 5K. If you can run a 6:00 mile, it would predict potential for a 20:00-21:00 5K.
The race(s) will be conducted in several categories. There will be a “Competitor” heat for faster male and female runners. This will be followed by a “Runner” heat for more moderate predicted finish times. There will be a separate “non-competitive walker” heat for those who simply wish to experience the event and the Martinsville Speedway. Community groups are encouraged to come out and walk in honor or memory of persons or cause s of their choice.
Awards will be given for top three overall Male/Female Winners and for top three in each Male/Female Age Group in 5 year increments beginning at 9 and under.
The track and infield will be open to spectators, free of charge. Runners and spectators are asked to park in Reserved Suite Parking lot and enter speedway through Gate 8, Turn 4.