July 16, 2019 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Sir Walter Running is excited to announce the initial Women’s Elite Field for the 2019 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held in its traditional First Friday spot of Friday, August 2, 2019. Elite Women’s Coordinator, Jeff Caron, stopped by the Summer of Miles podcast to chat about the field on Friday.
“Now in our 6th year, we’ve created some lasting relationships with the athletes that keep wanting to come back year after year. We’re excited to have three past Sir Walter Miler Champions in the field (Heidi See, Stephanie Garcia, and Lauren Johnson), and 8 total alumni, that have helped us build this event into what it is today. Our athletes have continued to share stories about the experiences they’ve had through this event, the strong relationships they’ve made with their host families, and the overall connection they now have with the Raleigh community,” said Caron.
In addition to the strong Women’s field, Sir Walter Running is excited to announce Carrie Tollefson as the onfield announcer at the event. Tollefson represented the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and now hosts the popular C Tolle Run podcast, along with a busy broadcasting schedule.
“Carrie has incredible energy and we’re excited to have her in Raleigh to help further improve the delivery of the event,” said Sir Walter Miler Co-Founder, Pat Price. “She was also the 29th American to break the 4:30 barrier, which is one of our goals for the athletes each year. Since our debut in 2014, no race has had more Americans break the barrier for the first time, and there’s no one better than Carrie to help tell that story.”
The 2019 Sir Walter Miler weekend will again consist of events from Thursday through Saturday, starting with the “Adopt a Runner” program for local high school teams, as well as the “Eat with the Pros” event on Thursday. On Friday, the Pre and Post Party will again take place at Raleigh Brewing Company, where special beer sales will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Sir Walter Miler be right across the street at Meredith College. In addition to the Elite Miles, the Run Club 4×400 Meter Relays are scheduled, as well as the debut of the Croc-O-Mile, an event where competitors will run their fastest mile in Crocs. Finishing the weekend will be the “Rise and Run with the Pros” at Umstead Park on Saturday Morning.
The event is Free for the public to attend, and will be broadcast live on FloTrack.
The Elite Men’s Field was announced on Thursday, July 18th.
2019 Initial Sir Walter Miler Elite Women’s Field
Lauren Johnson – adidas / Boston Athletic Association
Heather Kampf – Team USA MN
Stephanie Garcia – New Balance
Cory McGee – New Balance
Heidi See – The Mission AC
Jessica Harris – Nike
Karisa Nelson – Brooks Beasts TC
Rebecca Mehra – Oiselle / Little Wing
Therese Haiss – adidas / The Mission AC
Millie Paladino – New Balance / Ocean State AC
Sammy George (Pop Up Miles Champion) – Oiselle / Raleigh Distance Project
Angel Piccirillo (Pacer) – Juventus TC
Sponsors of the 2019 Sir Walter Miler are Waverly Hematology Oncology, The Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic, USATF North Carolina, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Wicked Weed Brewing, Athletic Brewing Co., Sanctuary Vineyards, ElliptiGO, Arrow Haircuts, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, JDL Fast Track, and Rise Cameron Village.
The Sir Walter Miler is directed and promoted by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the Greater Raleigh running community together through innovation, activation, and inclusivity.” Sir Walter Running is a USATF club that produces the Pop Up Miles series, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Raleigh Half Marathon, Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, a series of Strava Challenges, including the Tour de Walter, and the Summer of Miles podcast.