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Jenny Simpson wins her eighth 5th Ave Mile in event record

Simpson sets a new course record and wins the 5th Ave Mile for a record-breaking 8th time

Jenny Simpson won her eighth Fifth Avenue Mile today in New York City in an event record of 4:16.10. Simpson is the first person, man or woman, to win this race eight times.

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Simpson is one of the greatest and most consistent runners in America ever. She’s an NCAA record-holder, a national record-holder, a three-time Olympian and six-time outdoor World Championship team member. Simpson is also one of the only American women in history to have run under 3:59 for the 1,500m every year for a decade. She was recently named to the US World Championship team–she’ll run the 1,500m.


Simpson wore the latest flat from New Balance for this year’s event, proving that the 5280 is really where it’s at when it comes to the road mile. The runner tested one of the first prototypes of the shoe at this same race last year. It launched to the public just last week.

Second place in the women’s race went to Elle Purrier, who has also had a fantastic season. Purrier has been named to the American World Championships team in the 5,000m following her third-place finish at the USATF Championships. Third place when to Rebecca Mehra.

In the men’s results, Nick Willis just edged out Chris O’Hare, with both men running under the previous course record and being jointly credited with a time of 3:51.70. Third place went to Samuel Prakel.

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More than 7,000 runners participated in 22 different category heats at the annual event, which starts near the Metropolitan Museum of Art at East 80th Street and runs 20 blocks south along 5th Avenue, ending at East 60th, near the south end of Central Park.