Simpson and Willis take Fifth Avenue Mile, presented by Nissan, from Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

The true end of summer and beginning of fall is the Fifth Avenue Mile, presented by Nissan. Jenny Simpson ran a blazing 4.19.3 and Nick Willis won a swift mile in 3:52.9 for this celebration of all things fast and all things mile, as six thousand plus New Yorkers ran miles in various divisions, and enjoyed sixteen men under four minutes and fifteen women under 4:30 for the mile distance! 

This venerable event continues to grow, and encourages other cities to run a mile event, giving young and old a chance to run the distance and also watch some very fast people run the distance as well! Fall is here! 

Jenny Simpson after her win on Fifth Avenue! photo by


NIck Willis grinning over his Fifth Avenue win, 

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NEW YORK (USA, Sep 22): US 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson and New Zealand´s 2008 Olympic medalist Nick Willis were all smiles crossing the finish of the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile presented by Nissan, winning handily under perfectly blue skies. Running away from the field at halfway, Simpson cruised to her victory in a very fast4:19.3, while Willis waited until the final 600 meters to separate from the field. His winning time was 3:52.1. Second in women race went to Morgan Uceny in 4:23.4, her second straight week with a podium finish at a road mile. Rounding out the top five were Dutchwoman Susan Kuijken (third, 4:24.2), Kenyan Violah Lagat (fourth, 4:25.1), and Italian Margherita Magnani (fifth, 4:26.5). American Olympian Shannon Rowbury placed tenth in 4:28.3. Legendary Bernard Lagat managed to overtake Garrett Heath for second, 3:52.9 to 3:53.0, with Ryan Hill sneaking in for fourth in the exact same time as Heath. A tenth of a second later came Will Leer in fifth in men race. Informs Race Results Weekly.

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