Will the 4:30 barrier be broken at the Miracle Mile for women?

  The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on July 10 will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile presented by Northern Gateway for men but not women.


Because women were not allowed to run beyond 200m in 1954.  Nothing longer than that as “delicate women” may harm themselves by the stress of longer distances.

Things have changed but it did take 30 more years until the marathon was added to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

There will be a mile event at the Jerome Track Classic and it will be a strong international event with women from Canada, USA, Great Britain, Germany and Australia. Just what is the equivalent task for women as the 4 minute barrier is for men in the mile?  Well this is somewhat debatable but my guess is 4:30.00.

Sarah Brown

If any women break the barrier, they need a time under 4:30 to be equivalent to the 4 min barrier for men.  Well this field may just to that.

Sarah Bowman Brown represented the USA at the world championships in Moscow last summer and her best 1500m time is 4:05.27.  This converts to a 4:23.90 mile.  This University of Tennessee graduate and NCAA indoor champion held the world record in the 4x1500m relay for the USA.

Kate Van Buskirk

Brampton, ON’s Kate Van Buskirk who has been Canadian Champion in 2013 and 2014 has a best of 4:06.97 in the 1500m which is equivalent to a 4:25.81 mile. A Duke University graduate, Kate is coached by former Olympian, Dave Reid and by Hugh Cameron in Toronto.

Kim Conley wins

2012 Olympian, Kim Conley from University of California in Davis just won the US Championships at 10,000m last weekend. She has a converted best time in the mile of 4:25.81.

Sara Vaughn on right

Sara Vaughn from Boulder, Colorado mother of two has a converted mile of 4:25.95.

Jessica O'Connell

These women will be joined by Calgary’s Jessica O’Connell (4:31.04), Anne Kesselring of Germany (4:31.18), Heidi Gregson of Australia (4:30.77) and Josephine Moultrie of Great Britain (4:29.52).

Will there be a Miracle Mile for women at Swangard?  Will they break the 4:30 barrier?  Be there Thursday night.

Over 300 athletes from 21 nations will compete in the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic featuring the 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile presented by Northern Gateway on July 10 at Swangard Stadium.


Tickets are $25 finish line and $10 general admission and are available at www.harryjerome.com