Friday, September 06, 2013

Yes/No: Minnesota Mile Records Broken on Sunday?

Longtime executive director of Grandma's Marathon, Scott Keenan, recently passed the torch to new interim executive director Jon Carlson.  Carlson will take the reins just in time for the Grandma's Minnesota Mile this weekend.  Keenan started the Minnesota Mile in the early 1980s and was the second mile road race to be hosted in the United States at that time.  That race ran for seven years and was discontinued until 2006.

The new version of the Minnesota Mile is now in its seventh year.  The race is the fourteenth and final race on the 2013 Bring Back the Mile Tour and will be run in downtown Duluth on Superior Street.

This race attracts an elite field including Team USA MN athletes Gabriele Anderson and Heather Kampf.  The event records were both set in 2010:  3:58.18 (Aron Rono) and 4:35.60 (Carmen Douma-Hussar).

Let us know how fast the leaders will run with this question...

Yes/No: Will anyone break the men's or women's event records in the Grandma's Marathon Minnesota Mile on Sunday?

Heather Kampf is the 2012 Minnesota Mile women's champion and has won multiple road miles this year including the Bermuda Mile, the Ryan Shay Mile, the Liberty Mile and the Michigan Mile.  She won the 2012 Minnesota Mile in 4:37 and has a road best of 4:27.

Gabriele Anderson has a road mile best of 4:26 and finished second in the 2012 Minnesota Mile, running 4:38.  Anderson set a new personal best in the 1500 this summer at 4:01.48.

Here are some links for more information:
- Grandma's Minnesota Mile
- Results from Minnesota Mile 2008 - 2012
- Bring back the mile
- Minnesota Mile Elite Field

To play our game, simply type "yes" or "no" into the subject line of an e-mail and send it to us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com before 10:20 A.M. CDT, Sunday, September 8th.  Please put your answers in the subject line of the e-mail and make sure your full name appears somewhere in the e-mail.  We will offer a bonus for participants making their 2013 debut in Yes/No - a correct answer will be worth two points for anyone who has not played yet this year.

My Answer:  No

The last question was:  Will three or more runners from Minnesota finish in the top ten (men or women) of the USATF 20k Championships at New Haven? The answer was no - Meghan Peyton won the race on the women's side, but no other Minnesotan finished in the top ten.  Sixteen people answered correctly this week.  Lori Anne Schwiesow and Mary Varney are tied for first with nineteen points.   They are followed closely by Pat Foley and Dimitri Drekonja with eighteen points.

For all the results, please visit DtB Fantasy Corner, HERE.

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