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Jenny Simpson wins her record-breaking 7th New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

Simpson becomes the first to win the iconic season-ending race seven times

It was chilly and rainy in Manhattan today as world and Olympic medallist Jenny Simpson won her seventh (and sixth consecutive) New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile, running 4:19. This was the 38th running of the iconic season-ending race. Colleen Quigley of the U.S. was second, in 4:20, and the U.K.’s Melissa Courtney was third, in 4:21.


The men’s race was swept by runners from the Commonwealth, including Jake Wightman of Nottingham, U.K. in first place, with a time of 3:54, defending champion New Zealander Nick Willis in second (3:55) and Neil Gourley of the U.K. in third (3:56). Wightman is the 2018 European Championships bronze medalist in the 1,500m, and it was his first win at this event.

Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes was ninth, with a time of 4:25.


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.