The Downeast Group at Smith Barney has come to the rescue of the New England Mile and is sponsoring the sub-4:00 minute mile prize of $1500 this year. Jeff Caron and Gabe Rivard are signed up to help bring Louie Luchini through in under four minutes. Top female master Zofia Wieciorkowska (1 mile PR of 4:41) and high school all-American Ayalew Taye (4:08.50 at the 2007 Nike National High School Track Meet) in will also contribute to a very fast field.

More about the race was included in today’s press release:

The Historic KeyBank New England Mile
June 12th, 2007
Portland, Maine

The 3rd annual KeyBank New England Mile will be held on Father’s Day June 17th at 9:00 am on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

“This year is destined to be an historic run”, said Pete Bottomley the Director and Founder of the race. “Our goal has been to have the first Maine native break 4 minutes in the mile on Maine soil. This year we are extremely fortunate to have Louie Luchini flying in from Portland, Oregon to run. He is healthy after having Achilles surgery injury and he is excited to have this opportunity to continue his positive impact on Maine’s rich running history. The Downeast Group at Smith Barney also came through to sponsor a $1,500 prize to the first runner to break the 4 minute barrier”

Luchini is arguably the greatest high school and collegiate runner ever from the State of Maine. In high school he was a 14 time individual state champion and a 2 time finalist at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

At Stanford University Luchini was an 11-time All-American in track and cross country. At the time of his graduation Luchini held the Stanford school record in the 5000 meters at 13:25 and was one of the schools most accomplished runners.

Louie will be joined on the starting line by former University of Maine stars Gabe Rivard and Jeff Caron. Rivard, from York, recently ran a 3:48 1500 and Caron, from Auburn, is ready to run in the 4:05 range. Both runners are focused and ready to push the pace to help Luchini make history.

“ We have also added a father/son and father/daughter division to the race to encourage kids to exercise’, announced Bottomley.” The first 50 father / child teams will receive a $10.00 Friendly’s gift certificate just for entering. With the distance being one mile they will get an opportunity to run without being overwhelmed, see a talented field run and eat some ice cream. I can’t think of a better way to expose kids to exercise!”

Proceeds for the Key Bank New England Mile will benefit Easter Seals of Maine.

For more information contact:

Pete Bottomley

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