City Life Org – Jake Wightman and Laura Muir lead UK sweep at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile


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NYPD Running Club and charity runners participate in the 9/11 Memorial Mile

Olympians and World Championship Medalists Jake Wightman and Laura Muir led a British sweep of professional athlete titles at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, with Muir breaking the event record for women. The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile – the world’s most iconic road mile race since 1981 – spans 20 blocks on Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare and has featured one of the fields of professional athletes strongest in recent history.

Muir, an Olympic silver medalist who has already won a bronze medal at the World Championships, a gold medal at the European Championships and a gold and bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games this summer, finished first in 4:14.8, breaking Jenny Simpson’s record of 4:16.1 from 2019.

“It was the last race of my season and it was tough, but I kept telling myself that I had 200, then 100 meters to go to reach the line,” Muir said. “I did everything I could to leave everything there.”

American Nikki Hiltz finished second for the second straight year in 4:17.4, and was trailed by American Eleanor Fulton third in 4:18.0. Event champion last year Jemma Rekie of Great Britain was fourth in 4:18.3. All of their times were in the top 10 in event history.

Wightman, who won gold at the World Championships in the 1,500 meters in July, won his second consecutive title and third overall New Balance 5th Avenue Mile title in 3:49.6 – the 10th fastest time in the history of the event. Great Britain Jake Heyward and american Sam Prakel finished second and third respectively in 3:49.6 and 3:50.4.

“I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better, to end my season here at my favorite meet of the year,” Wightman said. “The chance for me to be able to celebrate the end of my season here in New York is fantastic.”

The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile welcomed over 8,000 runners this year. In addition to one of the strongest professional athlete fields in recent history, this year’s event featured a 9/11 Memorial Mile with runners from the NYPD and participants from the Answer the Call Foundation and from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, as well as a Back to School Mile for young people aged 2-18, a George Sheehan Memorial Mile for seniors and rounds of the NYRR Road Mile Championship.

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