New in 2018, the Crown City Mile attracted over a hundred runners nationwide. After 12K and 5K races, many runners joined the crowds on Orange Avenue to compete in this race. As this race took place right before the Fourth of July parade, parade-goers setting up early were able to cheer on the runners, connecting the Crown City Classic with the festivities on Orange Avenue. This event was split into three divisions: a men’s race, women’s race, and youth race.
At 9:15 AM, the gun shot signaled the start of the men’s race starting at Fourth and Orange. Running down six blocks and passing all the parade-goers, their one-mile race finished at Star Park where they joined the rest of the Fourth of July festivities. Out of thirty-six runners, the top three finishers receiving medals in the men’s race were Matthew Palmer from Portland, OR, who clocked a 4:19 mile; Shyan Vaziri from San Diego, CA, who clocked 4:15; and Abraham Tesfamariam from Albuquerque, NM, clocking 4:14.
Three minutes after the men sprinted from the finish line, the women’s race took off at the next gun shot, demonstrating their speed and patriotism along Orange. With twenty-four racing, women of all ages were able to race—four of which finished in under six minutes. The top three female runners in this race were Rianna Goins, with a 5:30 mile; Bridie McCarey, with a 5:16 mile; and Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, finishing in 5:03.
Finishing off the Crown City Mile, the co-ed youth heats started shortly thereafter the women’s race took off. Ranging from participants at age four to age seventeen, there were fifty-nine entries in this youth race. As each runner made their way down to the finish line, they joined their families in the Fourth of July parade to conclude this year’s Crown City Classic.
by Andres de la Lama