Golden Mile at­tract­ing top ath­letes

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Olympic ath­lete Lucy van Dalen will be at the start line of the 2013 Queen Street Golden Mile in April.

The Lon­don Olympic 1500m semi­fi­nal­ist will com­pete in the elite women’s race and has put out a chal­lenge to other top lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional run­ners to join her.

‘‘It is a chance for women to run a really fast time in a unique race and help ben­e­fit Sir John’s Foun­da­tion,’’ Van Dalen says.

‘‘I’d love to see the best Kiwi ath­letes line up and I’ve made con­tact with Zoe Buck­man (2011 Aus­tralian cham­pion) and chal­lenged her to come across and take me on. Get­ting the Aussie ver­sus Kiwi ri­valry go­ing would be great.’’

Van Dalen, who left Whanganui for Stony Brook Univer­sity in New York on an ath­letic schol­ar­ship in 2006, is back home for her first sum­mer in six years and has won the women’s mile at the Cooks Clas­sic in Whanganui in a time of 4m 36.07s.

Af­ter an­other race in Christchurch early next month she will head for Mel­bourne to con­tinue her train­ing.

The Queen Street Golden Mile, last held in 1983, is a John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foun­da­tion ini­tia­tive.

The aim is to pro­vide ath­letes young and old with the chance to run in the foot­steps of cham­pi­ons and, at the same time, gen­er­ate some rev­enue to sup­port the work of the foun­da­tion.

Races planned for the day in­clude un­der-16, un­der-19, over-20 and veteran men’s and women’s miles, plus a cit­i­zen’s mile for non­reg­is­tered ath­letes, a cor­po­rate team’s event, the Clash of Codes and the race for wheel­chair com­peti­tors.

All races will start at the Queen St/May­oral Dr in­ter­sec­tion with ath­letes rac­ing to the bot­tom of Queen St, across Cus­toms and Quay streets and fin­ish­ing on Queens Wharf.

Race day is April 1.

Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH

Olympic ath­lete: Lucy van Dalen has con­firmed her en­try for the Queen Street Golden Mile.

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