A bunch of people will be running in downtown Yakima on Saturday during the Downtown Yakima Mile. The race is set for Saturday, July 2 and will feature races for kids, families, veterans, and elite runners. Plus walkers and dogs are welcome. A press release says this year's race will support Yakima’s YWCA where "eliminating racism; empowering women" is the motto.

Some fast runners were in Yakima in 2021

Race officials say in 2021 Nikki Hiltz "charged away in the final two blocks to set a new Washington state mile record for women with a time of 4 minutes, 21.50 seconds. The men’s race featured Olympian Matthew Centrowitz, who won a gold medal in 2016 in the 1,500-meters, the first U.S. runner to win the event since 1908. However, former Oregon All-American Sam Prakel outsprinted and held off 2019 runner-up Tripp Hurt by less than a second. Prakel won the $5,000 first prize in a time of 3 minutes, 54.9 seconds."

There's a lot of prize money up for grabs

The elite racers are expected to be back again on Saturday to claim more prize money.
There's a lot of prize money up for grabs. More than $45,000 in money will be available in competitive and elite races. Downtown Yakima Mile is free for runners 18 and under. Senior citizens are $12.50, and all other runners can register for $25.
The event is set for 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Saturday, July 2 in Downtown Yakima.

For more info check the website at https://www.yakimamile.com/

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