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