DES MOINES, Iowa, April 25 – Des Moines is set to host the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships, where the top U.S. middle distance runners will compete, including national champions Sinclaire Johnson and Sam Prakel. The event is the fifth stop on the 2023 USATF Running Circuit and will be broadcast live on USATF.TV with a +PLUS subscription starting at 6:00 pm CT. The Grand Blue Mile starts the schedule and is followed by the USATF 1 Mile Championships
Sinclaire Johnson is the woman to watch, heading into Tuesday’s contest as the reigning USATF Outdoor Champion in the 1500m. She finished sixth in the 1500m at the World Championships in Eugene, and has won the 1500m at the Lilac Grand Prix and the 3000m at the BU Last Chance Indoor Qualifier this year. Read more: The Drake Relays Grand Blue Mile Complete Field Announced
Nikki Hiltz and Helen Schlachtenhaufen, both finalists at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships in the 1500m, will also compete. Hiltz won the USATF Indoor Championship title in the 1500m and ran the 800m in 1:59.03 at the Bryan Clay Invitational earlier this month. Schlachtenhaufen ran 2:01.87 for the 800m at the BU Last Chance Indoor Qualifier and placed fifth in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games.
On the men’s side, Vincent Ciattei will defend his title at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships. In 2022, Ciattei won the race by outkicking the field in the final meters, narrowly edging Paul Ryan for the win. He has only raced once so far in 2023, but his consistency throughout 2022 suggests a strong performance on Tuesday. Sam Prakel enters as the pre-race favorite, having won both the 1500m and 3000m at the USATF Indoor Championships.
He ran 3:51.25 in the mile at the BU Last Chance Indoor Qualifier and most recently split 3:59 in a 4xMile contest at the Oregon Relays. Isaac Basten, who placed second in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, will also compete. He placed tenth in the 1500m at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships and has a mile best of 3:54.89 from the BU Valentine Invitational this indoor season.
Shane Streich, who finished third at the 2022 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships, will also compete. He placed one spot ahead of Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and ran well indoors this season, mostly testing his fitness over the 800m distance.
The USATF 1 Mile Road Championships promises to be an exciting event with a deep field of talented runners. Fans can tune in to watch the live broadcast on USATF.TV with a +PLUS subscription, or visit Downtown in person and witness these athletes compete for glory.