Fitness Update: Michie Tavern Downtown Mile

Posted on July 18, 2014 by


Looking to run a race in Charlottesville? From the Women’s Four Miler to the Charlottesville Ten Miler, not to mention countless 5ks, there are plenty of races to challenge runners of all levels. Most of these races cover a fair amount of distance and might not be as accessible to, say, young runners or new runners.

Photo courtesy of Notus Sports/Rob Garland Photography

Photo courtesy of Notus Sports/Rob Garland Photography

But there’s a new race in town: the Michie Tavern Downtown Mile, a one-mile road race that begins at Lee Park, courses around and through the Downtown Mall and finishes at the NTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Modeled after the hugely popular Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City and the Pearl Street Mile race in Boulder, Colo., Charlottesville’s mile race is meant to be an accessible race for all members of the Charlottesville community.

The event includes a family race, a non-competitive run/walk for adults, a middle school mile, and a group relay race. Elite runners will take to the course to attempt a sub-four minute mile and compete for prize money.

The second annual Michie Tavern Downtown Mile, to be run on Thursday, July 24, supports the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and will benefit the group’s Hatton Ferry. Notus Sports, a local sports and event management group, has organized the event.

Following the various races, beginning around 7:30 p.m. inside the Pavilion, yoga teacher and elite runner Ann Mazur of Runners Love Yoga will lead a free yoga class for all race participants. Companies such as Honest Tea, lululemon and others will be on hand to help promote healthy living at the Healthy Living Expo.

Glen Slosson, founder of Notus Sports, hopes that this event will encourage the Charlottesville community to engage in other activities throughout the year: road races, golf tournaments and possibly open water swims.

Race start times:

Team Relay: 6:30 p.m.

Family Race: 6:50 p.m.

Non-competitive Run/Walk: 6:50 p.m.

Middle School Mile: 7:10 p.m.

Elite Downtown Mile: 7:30 (women) and 7:40 (men)


Michie Tavern Downtown Mile Course

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