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Posted: September 13, 2016:  

Athletics: Deep Field of Sub-4 Milers Ready to Race in Pittsburgh at the 5th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

Eleven sub-4 minute menís milers and eight sub-4:30 minute womenís milers expected in Steel City for Saturday, Sept. 17 event; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; fifth stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016

(PITTSBURGH) - This yearís increased prize purse of $30,000 has attracted some of the countryís top milers to Pittsburgh for the 5th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Saturday, Sept. 17. Eleven sub-4 minute menís milers, including U.S. Olympian Ben Blankenship, and eight sub-4:30 minute womenís milers will compete for the $5000 championís prize.

The deep menís field includes 2-time GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champion Jordan McNamara, who will return to the Steel City to defend his title. Last year, McNamara broke the tape in 3:59 and tied the event record set by Craig Miller in 2012.

"Road timing is a different animal than the track, demanding an entire different set of skills," McNamara said. "I thrive in situations that require an ability to improvise on the fly. Ultimately, this year's winner will be the runner who demonstrates sound positioning, flawless execution and of course, supreme fitness!"

This year McNamara will be racing against 2016 Olympian and USA 1 Mile Road Champion Ben Blankenship, who finished 8th in the 1500 meters in his Olympic debut. Mac Fleet, who finished runner-up, and Jack Bolas, who finished third in last yearís GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, will also return to race.

On the womenís side, Heather Kampf is poised to earn her fourth GNC Live Well Liberty Mile title after setting a new road mile personal record of 4:19.8 earlier this month at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York City. Kampf, who holds the event record of 4:29, is also a 4-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion.

"I think the biggest thing that has helped me come back and be successful is the confidence I gain from having finished in front on this course before," Kampf said. "With the downhill finish I find I can start kicking just sooner than I normally would and still have enough at the end, especially because I almost feel like a local in Pittsburgh now with all the incredible fan support I get out there!"

Her top competition this year includes Lauren Johnson, who recently won the 2016 Sir Walter Miler and set a new personal best of 4:25.04, and Emily Lipari, who recently won the Minnesota Mile in 4:36.9. Sub-4:30 milers Rachel Schneider and Christy Cazzola will also be in contention for a top spot this weekend.

The American Development Pro Mile features $25,000 in guaranteed prize money with each race champion awarded $5000. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is also the fifth stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016.

Media Credentials to cover the 2016 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile are available by emailing your request to kelsey.jackson@p3r.org or calling 412-586-7785. For more event information including course map, visit: LiberyMile.org.

2016 Menís Field

BibNameAffiliationPersonal BestTwitter
M1Jordan McNamaraNIKE/Oregon Track Club3:51.00@jordanmcnamara
M2Ben BlankenshipNIKE/Oregon Track Club3:52.7@benblankenship
M4Jack BolasNJ*NY Track Club3:53.5@jackbolas87
M5Daniel WinnADIDAS BAA High Performance3:56.73@danielwinn
M6Riley MastersBrooks Beasts Track Club3:56.15@Riley_Masters
M7Ford PalmerNJ*NY Track Club/HOKA ONE ONE3:56.6@gofordpalmer
M8Jake EdwardsBrooks Running3:56.62@Jedwards1609
M9Mac FleetNIKE3:56.77@macfleet1
M11Robby CreeseUnattached3:57.11@creeselightning
M14Brandon HudginsUnattached3:59.67@bhudgnasty
M16Biya SimbassaTeam USA MN4:05.00@biya_simba35
M18Eric AvilaHOKA ONE ONE3:56.89@RunWithAvila
M19Hurun AbdaNIKE/Oregon Track Club1:45.55 (800m) 

2016 Women's Field

Bib NumberNameAffiliationPersonal BestTwitter
F30Heather KampfASICS/Team USA Minnesota4:19.8@heatherraekampf
F31Lauren JohnsonUnattached4:25.04@JohnsonRunning
F32Rachel SchneiderUnder Armour4:28.50@rachschneid18
F34Christy CazzolaMizuno/Atlanta Track Club4:29.14@fivecraycazzola
F35Emily LipariADIDAS BAA High Performance4:27.19 
F36Sara VaughnBrooks Running4:27.1@MomVaughn
F39Stephanie BrownNIKE/Big Bear Track Club4:29.06@misspurplebrown
F41Brigitte ManiaMizuno/Atlanta Track Club4:43.68@brigittemania
F42Shannon OsikaSaucony4:27.51@OsikaShannon
F45Sarah PaddonUnattached4.55.84  

About the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

Organized by P3R, the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is Pittsburghís premier street race for all ages and abilities and offers a $30,000 prize purse with $5000 for each American Pro Mile champion. The 5th edition is part of the 2016 Bring Back the Mile Tour. Read more at: LibertyMile.org.

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About P3R

P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nationís highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Learn more at: www.P3R.org.


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