Michigan Track Classic

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                                                     April 14, 2014

Olympians to Compete at Saline High School

ANN ARBOR, Mich—Building on the success of the 2013 Running Institute
Mile, meet organizers have announced the creation of a new event, the
2014 Michigan Track Classic. The event, to be held Aug. 10, will
feature Olympians and other world-class athletes competing in an
invitational men’s mile and an international women’s 800-meter race.

The 2013 event was held at Saline High School where more than 4,000
spectators attended to get a glimpse of a sub four-minute mile. The
race was won by Olympic silver medalist, Nick Willis in a time of
3:56. Fans surrounded the track as seven men dipped under the
four-minute mark.

Willis, an Ann Arbor resident who runs for New Zealand, is one of the
organizers of the 2014 meet.  He admits he was surprised by the size
of the crowd that attended last year.  “It was track at its best. The
venue was filled to near capacity as fans showed up in force after
word-of-mouth buzz spread about the mile,” said Willis. “It would be a
wasted opportunity not to build on the success of last year’s race. By
adding an elite women’s race to the schedule, our hope is to grow the
crowd to 5000 people.”

This year’s crowd will be treated to the opportunity to see four
former Wolverines battle the best middle-distance runners in America.
Already confirmed in the women’s 800 meters are 2012 Olympians and
former Michigan track stars, Nicole Sifuentes and Geena Lara, nee
Gall. Sifuentes, who recently claimed bronze at the World Indoor
Championships emphasized, “I travel for almost all of my competitions,
so I especially look forward to racing near home in front of friends
and family. With a top-notch field of competitors, and during the peak
of the summer racing season, I aim to dip under the two-minute barrier
for the first time."

The newly titled Ron Warhurst Mile, in recognition of the legendary
Michigan coach, will feature former Wolverines Nick Willis and Nathan
Brannen. Willis, who holds a personal best of 3:50.66 for the mile
admitted, “I desperately want to break 3:50. This is the race where I
want to make that happen. We are bringing in a world-class field and
pacemaker with the hope of making this the fastest mile in the world
this year.”  Former teammate, two-time Canadian Olympian, and Michigan
track superstar, Nathan Brannen added, “I'm very excited to be back
racing in Michigan. It will be a little different this time not racing
in the ‘Block M’ but I can't wait to return and hopefully put on a
great show for the fans.”

Athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $20,000 with the
winners each taking home $5000. T-Mobile US CEO, John Legere is
underwriting most of the prize purse. Legere, an avid runner who will
complete his 10th Boston Marathon for charity this year, serves as
board member for New York Road Runners and the New York Marathon. “I
was a miler when younger and really love the idea of an evening-based
mile  for the sake of fans and for the sake of running very fast,”
Legere said. “I remember summer evenings at the track and know this
can be a special night for runners and fans.” He plans on being in
attendance at the event.

The Michigan Track Classic will be held Aug. 10 at Saline High School.
The women’s 800-meter race starts at 7.30 p.m. followed by the Ron
Warhurst Mile. Admittance will be $5 and entry will be free for
children under 10 years old. For more information visit
www.Michigantrackclassic.com. Tickets are available online at
www.freshtix.com/events/michigantrackclassic. For updates please visit
the Michigan Track Classic Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/Michigantrackclassic or follow @MichiganTC on


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