April 20th - Chico, CA:
Last Sunday's Downtown Mile capped out at 300 registrants, the largest field so far for this event. On a beautiful Chico spring day, the fast and furious one mile dash took place on the streets of downtown Chico. Drawing speedy runners from all over the north state, the race takes place during a break in the Criterium bike races. Said Alan Rice, Co-owner of Fleet Feet, "We dreamed for a long time about a run like this in downtown, and then we hit on the idea of holding it on a day when the streets were already closed to traffic. It has been great to work with Chico Corsa to make the Downtown Mile a reality."
Not only was there a record entry this year, there was also a new course record. Brendan Scanlon, a Shoe Fit Expert at Fleet Feet, won the race in a blistering fast 4 minutes and 13 seconds, and there were no fewer than 10 runners who ran under the previous course record. "Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we were once again able to have people run this race free of charge. I hope that it can stay that way", added Rice.