Monday, May 21, 2012

Downtown Mile scheduled for 4th of July

Team Run Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Team Up to Present Inaugural Downtown Mile

The city’s first one-mile race on the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff will kickoff July 4th festivities
May 17, 2012

Flagstaff (May 17, 2012)—Before the backyard barbeques or fireworks begin on July 4, 2012, 300 runners will take to the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff for the city’s first one-mile race, beginning and ending at Heritage Square.

The inaugural Downtown Mile, presented by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Team Run Flagstaff, is the first race of its kind in the community. Beginning at 7 a.m., prior to the annual 4th of July Parade, four waves of competitors will have the opportunity to see how fast they can cover a mile on a portion of the parade route, providing a unique experience and plenty of spectators for runners of all abilities.

“The Flagstaff Chamber is thrilled to partner with Team Run Flagstaff to bring the Downtown Mile to life. With the street closures already in place for our parade, it feels like a totally natural fit to add this event to the summer holiday festivities,” said Kat Ross, membership director for the Chamber. “We look forward to a large race and feel that the excitement of this event will attract a new demographic to Flagstaff on the 4th and boost our local economy.”

Racers will start and end the two-loop, half-mile course on Aspen at Heritage Square, turning north on San Francisco, west on Cherry, south on Beaver, and returning to Aspen. Participants will be divided into four race categories: master’s women (aged 40 and older), master’s men, open women, and open men. The heats will begin at 7 a.m. and each will start 15 minutes apart. A free half-mile kids’ race will be held at 6:55 a.m. for children ages 12 and under. Awards for overall and age group top finishers will take place after the final heat at Heritage Square, as well as a raffle.

The Downtown Mile race concept was one that members of Team Run Flagstaff had imagined for several years, however the partnership with the Chamber has made it a reality.

“For members of Team Run Flagstaff, running is a positive part of our lives and we want to share our passion for the sport and our community with a fun, fast race that anybody can participate in,” said Michael Smith, executive director of Team Run Flagstaff. “We are grateful that the Chamber of Commerce embraced our vision and has enthusiastically collaborated with us to create what we hope is a new 4th of July tradition in our city.”

The race is capped at 300 participants and is expected to sell out in its first year. Registration is now available at (look for “Flagstaff July 4 Downtown Mile”) and the cost is $30. Only advanced registration is available—race-day registration will not be provided. Race packet and shirt pick up will be held at Run Flagstaff (204A East Rt. 66) on July 3, 2012.

Following the race, runners are highly encouraged to stick around downtown for the rest of the summer holiday festivities, beginning with the parade.

“Flagstaff is a runner’s paradise,” Smith said. “The opportunity to run through the heart of this city we love, surrounded and cheered on by many members of our community, is exhilarating.”

Kat Ross
Chamber of Commerce Membership Director

Michael Smith
Team Run Flagstaff Executive Director

Team Run Flagstaff is the city’s largest nonprofit running organization, with more than 250 members. TRF provides opportunities in running for people of all abilities and interests through organized training, coaching, and educational offerings. For more information, visit

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1891 as the Board of Trade. It is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve and protect the business climate and quality of life in the Flagstaff area by advocating for business and being a community partner and business resource. For more information, visit

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