Fifth Avenue, looking north from 42nd Street

The Fifth Avenue Mile is an annual 1 mile (1.6 km)road race on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The race begins at 80th Street and heads twenty blocks south to 60th Street. First held on September 26, 1981,[1] the race is currently organized by New York Road Runners and has attracted big-name sponsors including United Airlines and New Balance.

The competition regularly attracts world-class runners, who compete in special heats after the regular age division heats. The Fifth Avenue Mile has also inspired similar events in the same mould, including the Anlene Orchard Mile in Singapore.[2]

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The record performances of the race are Sydney Maree's victory at the inaugural race in 3:47.52, and Jennifer Simpson's time of 4:16.2 set in 2019. Jennifer Simpson of the United States has historically been the most successful athlete at the competition, having won 8 races. The winners at the most recent edition in 2019 were New Zealander Nick Willis and American Jennifer Simpson.


Key:Course record

Steve Scott, a former American mile record holder, is a two-time winner.
Britain's Paula Radcliffe had back-to-back wins in 1996 and 1997.
Jennifer Simpson won the 2011 race after becoming the 2011 World Champion over 1500 m.
YearMen's winnerNationalityTime
Women's winnerNationalityTime
1981Sydney MareeUnited States3:47.52[3]Leann WarrenUnited States4:25.31[4]
1982Tom Byers3:51.35Debbie ScottCanada4:23.96
1983Steve Scott3:49.77Wendy SlyUnited Kingdom4:22.66
1984John WalkerNew Zealand3:53.62Maricica PuicăRomania4:24.35
1985Frank O'MaraIreland3:52.28Lynn WilliamsCanada4:25.03
1986José Luis GonzálezSpain3:53.52Maricica PuicăRomania4:19.48
1987Peter ElliottUnited KingdomKirsty WadeUnited Kingdom4:22.70
1988Steve ScottUnited States3:53.43Mary SlaneyUnited States4:20.03
1989Peter ElliottUnited Kingdom3:52.95Paula IvanRomania4:28.25
19903:47.83PattiSue PlumerUnited States4:16.68
1991Matthew Yates3:56.75Alisa Hill4:31.57
1992Itamar Da SilvaBrazil4:00.37Alicia Kelly4:43.07
1993Ron HarrisUnited States3:58.0Lauren Gubicza4:37.9
1994Jason Pyrah3:52.3Regina Jacobs4:27.8
1995Isaac ViciosaSpain3:47.8Sinéad DelahuntyIreland4:25.2
19963:53.67Paula RadcliffeUnited Kingdom4:26.69
19983:55.59Regina JacobsUnited States4:20.8
1999Ben KapsoiyaKenya4:05.4Alisa Hill4:41.3
2000Jason LunnUnited States4:03.9Kim McGreevy4:38.9
2001John ItatiKenya4:02.3Kim McGreevy4:39.8
2002Leonard Mucheru3:55.2Grace NjokiKenya4:37.7
2003John Itati3:56Theresa Du ToitSouth Africa4:53
2004Elarbi KhattabiMorocco4:10Andrea HaverUnited States4:51
2005Craig MottramAustralia3:49.9Carmen Douma-HussarCanada4:28.0[5]
2006Kevin SullivanCanada3:54.1Sara HallUnited States4:28.0[6]
2007Alan WebbUnited States3:52.7Carmen Douma-HussarCanada4:22.8[7]
2008Nick WillisNew Zealand3:50.5Lisa DobriskeyUnited Kingdom4:18.6[8]
2009Andrew BaddeleyUnited Kingdom3:51.8Shannon RowburyUnited States4:23.3[9]
2010Amine LaalouMorocco3:52.834:24.12[10]
2011Bernard LagatUnited States3:50.50Jennifer Simpson4:22.3[11]
2012Matthew Centrowitz3:52.4Brenda Martinez4:24.2[12]
2013Nick WillisNew Zealand3:52.1Jennifer Simpson4:19.3[13]
2014Jordan McNamaraUnited States3:51.04:19.4[14]
2015Nick WillisNew Zealand3:54.84:29.0[15]
2016Eric JenkinsUnited States3:49.5[16]4:18.3[17]
2017Nick WillisNew Zealand3:51.34:16.6[18]
2018Jake WightmanUnited Kingdom3:53.54:18.8[19]
2019Nick WillisNew Zealand3:51.7[20]4:16.1[21]
2020Cancelled (COVID-19 pandemic)

See also[edit]



  • Turner, Chris (2005-09-22). Fifth Avenue Mile races back into the headlines. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.


  1. ^New York Road Runners (September 27, 2009). Rowbury and Baddeley reign over Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  2. ^The Anlene Orchard Mile has extended it's deadline. Women in Sport (June 3, 2008). Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
  3. ^1981 5th Avenue Mile The second fastest mile run up until then, except downhill.
  4. ^The Magic of the Fifth Avenue Mile. The Mile. Retrieved on September 10, 2014
  5. ^Morse, Parker (September 24, 2005). Mottram, Douma-Hussar win on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  6. ^Perniciaro, Kerrin (September 30, 2006). Sullivan, Hall win on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  7. ^New York Road Runners (September 29, 2007). Webb, Douma-Hussar the winners on Fifth Avenue. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  8. ^Wallack, Rachel (September 22, 2008). Willis and Dobriskey edge out the competition in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  9. ^Rowbury and Baddeley reign over Fifth Avenue. IAAF/NYRRC (September 27, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
  10. ^Rowbury defends, Laalou breaks through at Fifth Avenue Mile. IAAF/NYRRC (September 27, 2010). Retrieved on 2013-09-23.
  11. ^Wallack, Rachel (September 25, 2011). Simpson and Lagat take Fifth Avenue titles. IAAF/NYRRC. Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
  12. ^Calderwood, Stuart (September 23, 2012). [1]. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-27.
  13. ^Casey, Joseph(September 23, 2013). RESULTS: 5th Avenue Mile 2013Archived October 31, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-23.
  14. ^New York Road Runners (September 13, 2014). Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
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External links[edit]

  • Winners of the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile at (1981-2009)
  • Historical Fifth Avenue Mile articles from New York Times
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Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

Record 14 women break 4:30 in the same Mile race; 15 men go sub-4; world's largest road Mile draws 5,610 finishers who race down storied thoroughfare


NEW YORK – Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile late Saturday morning. She’s the reigning Diamond League 1500 meter champion and the second fastest American ever at that metric Mile, and she’d be defending her 2013 Fifth Avenue title. But with 2012 race champion and Brenda Martinez, hometown favorite Mary Cain, and 15 more world class women in the field who’d be keying off Simpson, the race looked ripe for an upset.

5th Ave Mile

Simpson, 28, didn’t flinch. At the starting horn, she went straight to the front. A phalanx followed closely—until 200 meters to go, when Simpson built a three-meter lead. It looked like a wire-to-wire win, until Martinez’ fierce sprint brought her to Simpson’s shoulder. She got no further, and Simpson crossed the line in 4:19.4—the sixth-fastest time in the race’s 34 editions—to hold off Martinez by two-tenths of a second and become the first three-time women’s winner in the event’s history. Newcomer Ciara Mageean of Ireland took third in 4:21.2. A record 14 women clocked sub-4:30 in same race (road or track).

“It’s loud. The road is different than the track,” said Simpson. “I knew to save one final push for the last two blocks. This event is feeling like a tradition to me, and I hope to be back.”

The men’s race, which preceded the women’s finale, was less predictable. U.S. Olympian and 2012 Fifth Avenue champion Matthew Centrowitz was favored, but Kenyans Augustine Choge and Lawi Lalang were clear threats. The two Kenyans went out hard, and Lalang led at halfway with Centrowitz one step back. But at three-quarters, Garrett Heath of Seattle, WA, made a bold move to the front. He almost stole the victory, but a mass sprint put the outcome in doubt until the final few strides, when Jordan McNamara of the Oregon Track Club Elite darted past Heath to win in 3:51.0. Heath was given the same time, and Ireland’s Paul Robinson was third in 3:51.1. Fifteen men broke the coveted 4 minute mark.

5th Avenue Mile 2019 Age Groups

“I tried to time it right,” said McNamara, 27, who also won a close GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh. “Once you get excited, cool things can happen.”

In the fourth annual media race, media members from across New York City including television and radio producers and on-air talent, and newspaper and magazine writers and photographers, competed to earn the coveted title of the City’s fastest media miler. The Wall Street Journal, NY 1 News, Runner’s World, Live! With Kelly and Michael and The Colbert Report were among the more than 20 outlets in attendance. Feidhlim Kelly of The Irish Examiner was the overall winner of the media race in a time of 4:27. The first female finisher, Megan Hetzel of Runner’s World, finished in a time of 5:36.

The event also encompassed numerous heats of runners of all ages and abilities including age group races ranging from 15 to 70-plus, a kids race, wheelchair race, and more. Overall, there were 5,610 finishers.

5th Avenue Mile 2019

34th NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile
New York, NY, Saturday, September 13, 2014

1) Jordan McNamara (USA / OR), 3:51, $5000
2) Garrett Heath (USA / WA), 3:51, $3500
3) Paul Robinson (IRL), 3:52, $2500
4) Augustine Choge (KEN), 3:52, $1500
5) Ryan Hill (USA / OR), 3:53, $1000
6) Matthew Centrowitz 9USA / OR), 3:53, $750
7) Daniel Huling (USA / OR), 3:53, $500
8) Kyle Merber (USA / NY), 3:54, $250
9) Lawi Lalang (KEN), 3:54
10) Ciaran O’Lionaird (IRL), 3:55
11) David Torrence (USA / CA) 3:56
12) Will Leer (USA / CA). 3:56, $1000*

1) Jenny Simpson (USA / CO), 4:20, $6000*
2) Brenda Martinez (USA / CA), 4:20, $3500
3) Ciara Mageean (IRL), 4:22, $2500
4) Heather Kampf (USA / MN), 4:22, $1500
5) Ingvill Makestad Bovim (NOR), 4:22, $1000
6) Morgan Uceny (USA / MA), 4:22, $750
7) Hannah England (GBR), 4:24, $500
8) Jordan Hasay (USA / OR), 4:24, $250
9) Treniere Moser (USA / OR), 4:25
10) Mary Cain, 18, USA / NY, 4:26
* includes halfway bonus

Complete results and more can be found at: