Q&A with Kyle Merber: HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile
"We just want to help inspire the next generation of young athletes on Long Island. Something as simple as standing on the track during a sub-4 minute Mile, an autograph, or a conversation could change the course of someone’s career. We are hoping to do that."
From Athlete Biz
AthleteBiz (AB): Let’s start with basics: When is the event, how can people sign up to participate, and will be it live streamed?
Kyle Merber (KM): The inaugural HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile is being held on Wednesday, September 9th at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, NY. There will be all-comers races are going to begin around 7:00pm and lead up to the elite men and women, which will begin at 8:30pm. It’s only $20 to come race, and participants can sign up on LongIslandMile.com—that comes with a race day T-Shirt and covers the $5 entry fee. And those fans who don’t live locally, but still want to watch will be able to watch the races live for free thanks to our partnership with RunnerSpace.com.
AB: You’ve assembled stellar elite field. Tell us about the top women and men that will be racing.
KM: The field is incredible, and we are extremely excited about the talent coming into town for the event. There hasn’t been a sub-4 minute Mile on Long Island in 17 years [since the 1998 Goodwill Games] and we keep telling people that everyone in this field has run AT LEAST 3:56 [or the 1500 equivalent]. And the women’s field has multiple sub-4:30 Milers, which will surely give some of the high school boys watching a scare. I know there is a lot of local excitement about the homecoming of Kerri Gallagher [who grew up in Queens] after her unbelievable breakout season that saw her competing at the World Championships.
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