Rose City Track Club is proud to present the 2020 Rose City Mile Festival, a five week virtual event series taking place May 11th through June 13th. Our mission, as with our traditional Rose City Mile all-comers track meet, is to provide a fun, competitive, and accessible opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to test themselves in the mile. While we’re saddened that we couldn’t hold our traditional event this year due to the global pandemic, we’re making lemons into lemonade and establishing fun, new traditions to add into the mix for years to come.
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?”
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, our hope is participants will challenge themselves in the ultimate test: how fast can you run the mile?
Our traditional annual event takes place at Duniway Park in Portland, Oregon. Tucked away among lush fir trees and lilacs, beloved by local runners since 1995 and fully reconstructed in 2017, there couldn’t be a more fitting setting than Duniway 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 all. Learn more about us by visiting rosecitytrack.com.