Rose City Track Club is proud to present the second annual Rose City Mile at Duniway Track in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, June 29th, 2019. We’re also excited to announce our first-ever virtual mile, so anyone can participate no matter where they are in the world! Our mission is to provide a fun, competitive, and accessible opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to test themselves in the mile.
Why the Mile?
The mile has maintained a mythical status since Sir Roger Bannister did what many considered humanly impossible by breaking the four minute barrier in 1954. We invite participants to consider, “What is your sub-4?” This question and the legacy we’re striving to build upon seems especially poignant and relevant as Sir Bannister passed away this year at the age of 88.
There are few opportunities to compete in the mile, as the 1500m / 1600m are typically the college and high school standards. Considering most American runners measure their daily runs and average race pace in terms of miles, we invite participants to challenge themselves in the ultimate test: how fast can you run the mile?
Duniway City Park
Tucked away among lush fir trees and lilacs, beloved by local runners since 1995 and fully reconstructed in 2017, we couldn’t imagine a more fitting setting than Duniway City Park Track for this classic distance event.
Some fun facts about the park:
- In the lilac garden of Duniway Park is a large Japanese Tree Lilac which blooms in June, the same month of the inaugural Rose City Mile.
- In 1918, Duniway Park was named in honor of Abigail Scott Duniway – writer, newspaper publisher, and advocate for women’s right to vote. In 1912, Duniway became the first legal female voter in Multnomah County.
Who Are We?
Rose City Track Club is a grassroots running club and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by friends that value the spirit of competition, camaraderie, hard work, and love for the sport. Our mission is to provide a supportive, team-based training platform for distance runners ranging from locally competitive to national class, and to conduct accessible running events for youth and amateur athletes alike. Learn more about us by visiting www.rosecitytrack.com.