We aim to make The Oberlin Mile become the premier mile foot race in the country. The most fun one, too! It will be the standard by which all other competitive mile runs are measured. To promote the sport and life-style of running. To support and bolster the Athletic and Physical Education programs of Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska schools, as well as any and all other elementary and secondary schools that participate. To establish and maintain an independent community-based and regionally, even nationally recognized outdoor mile race that sets the standard for community-organized mile races nation-wide. To economically benefit all participating communities - the Community of Oberlin, Kansas and the surrounding communities of Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska. All net proceeds will be awarded proportionately to all elementary, junior high and high school Athletic and Physical Education Programs represented - according to their respective registered participants, either runners or event volunteers.
Open to all runners (and walkers) of all age groups. The run(s) will be a morning street race on the brick streets of Oberlin. The event will consist of separate and distinct runs, intended for everyone - serious competition, and serious fun! * Family and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk * Competitive 1-Mile Mens Race For all age groups. The coveted and legendary "Yellow Jersey" awarded for the first-place finisher. Trophies or medals awarded for top three (3) over-all and top three (3) per age group. * Competitive 1-Mile Womens Race For all age groups. The coveted and legendary "Yellow Jersey" awarded for the first-place finisher. Trophies or medals awarded for top three (3) over-all and top three (3) per age group.
Hard, flat surface - city streets, brick. Slight uphill, 1-2% grade into completion of first half. Final 1/4 slight (1%) grade) downhill to finish.Course is a rectangular pattern, through downtown, On the Bricks of Oberlin.
The Start/Finish will be on the main block - on Penn Avenue - in the heart of Oberlin. Specifically, the course is as follows: Start at central Penn, southbound; left or east onto Hall; left or north onto York; left or west onto Ash; and the final stretch - left and south on Penn Avenue to finish.
Oberlin is located at the crossroads of historic US highways 36 and 83, in Decatur County; generally near the northwest corner of the Sunflower State.
It is roughly 45 minutes north-east of Colby, KS (at I-70) and 30 minutes directly south of McCook, Nebraska.
To the east, on US 36 are Norton and Phillipsburg; about 40 and 60 minutes, respectively, and to the west are Atwood and St. Francis; again, about 30 and 60 minutes away, respectively.
The Overall First Place Finishers in the Men's and Women's divisions will be awarded the coveted Yellow Race Shirt* in the same spirit and similar to the famed Yellow Jersey awarded during the most famous and prestigious bike race in the world, the Tour de France. On this inaugural occasion of what will become the premier 1-Mile Foot Race in the country, the Yellow Race Winner's Shirt will be one of the many traditions that will set apart the Oberlin Mile from any other.
Trophies and/or medals to be presented to the top three finishers in each age group, both male and female, and to the over-all top three finishers. * High-quality, athletic wick-dry type material, non-cotton. Teams
Teams may be organized by elementary, junior high/middle school and high school, as well as non-school/independent teams. While individual collegiate runners are allowed, collegiate teams will not be allowed.