NEW YORK — The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, a race that has been a staple in the world of road running since 1981, is gearing up for another star-studded event this Sunday, September 10. The race will feature a world-class field of professional athletes from 14 different countries, headlined by world champion Josh Kerr, U.S. Olympian Elle St. Pierre, and American mile record-holder Nikki Hiltz.
How to watch the 2023 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile?
Due to a weather delay, the pro women’s race will get underway at 12:30 ET featuring Olympians, world champions, and national record holders, with athletes representing 12 countries, all closing out their seasons by racing here in NYC!
The 2023 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, in collaboration with NYRR and USA Track & Field, will broadcast live on NBC nationally, while international fans can catch the action on USATF.TV.
World champion Josh Kerr headlines New Balance 5th Avenue Mile men’s field
Josh Kerr, the British sensation who recently clinched the world title in the 1,500 meters in Budapest, is eyeing his first victory on Manhattan’s iconic thoroughfare.
“Winning the World Championships was the culmination of every step of running I’ve ever taken,” said Kerr. “Now, my confidence is higher than it’s ever been, and I have some unfinished business to take care of on 5th Avenue.”
Kerr will face stiff competition from New Zealand’s 5,000-meter record-holder George Beamish and a strong American contingent that includes 2023 Falmouth Mile champion Johnny Gregorek and U.S. Olympian Woody Kincaid.
Loaded women’s field includes Elle St. Pierre and Nikki Hiltz
In the women’s category, St. Pierre is making her return to the race for the first time since finishing as runner-up in 2019 and giving birth in March.
“My preparation this time has been different, as I fit training around feedings and nap time,” St. Pierre noted. “But my body feels good, and the workouts have been solid. I’m excited to be back.”
She will be joined by a formidable lineup that includes Great Britain’s 2021 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile champion Jemma Reekie, Mexican record-holder Laura Galvan, and Jamaican record-holder Adelle Tracey, among others.
The event will also feature various special heats, including a Back to School Mile for youth and a George Sheehan Memorial Mile for seniors.
Who were the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 2022 winners?
Jake Wightman and Laura Muir of Great Britain swept the men’s and women’s titles at the 2022 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile event, and this year, the Europeans are well represented.
Wightman was the surprised 1500m world champion last year in Oregon, and this year, it was his countryman, Josh Kerr, who stunned the world in Budapest. Come Sunday, Kerr will be aiming to secure the victory, while Jemma Reekie leads the women’s charge for Briton.
As athletes prepare to dash down one of New York’s most famous streets, the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile promises to be a thrilling spectacle, offering a blend of seasoned champions and rising stars. With national pride and personal records on the line, this year’s race is not to be missed!