The Mile: A goal race for turning 50, err 51

Brenda Barrera VCU Broad Street MileBy Brenda Barrera (for Bring Back the Mile)
Last year I turned 50 years old and one of my running goals was to run a Mile race.
#1: I’m a fan of top U.S women milers like Jenny Simpson, Mary Cain, Brenda Martinez, and Alisa Harvey.
#2: In my 25+ years of road racing, I’ve never run a Mile race.
#3: I wanted to support Ryan Lamppa who I think is doing a heckuva job with “Bring Back the Mile” and I mentioned of my promise to Ryan that I would run a Mile in my parting Editor’s Note for Washington Running Report (now RunWashington).
Well, I missed my goal by a year and I’m 51 now, but made good on that promise this past weekend at the inaugural VCU Broad Street Mile in Richmond, Virginia. More than 600 runners participated in 16 races with unique themes and charity partners that were held throughout the day. This inclusive festival format removed any intimidation factors.

2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon Expo Sign Great time in Chicago at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I spent the first two days hosting the Main Stage at the Health & Fitness Expo and giving course talks on the Aid Stations & Event Information. Highlights included some amazing speakers like Olympian Deena Kastor and sports nutritionist Monique Ryan. Race day was spent working with the announcing team on the finish line bridge. Great view of all the marathon finishers!