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April 21, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Approximately 5,000 runners — an event record — took part in the 6th Annual Grand Blue Mile on April 21 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway. The event attracted elite athletes and competitive and recreational runners from 11 states, four countries and three continents.

In the men’s invitational championship, Matthew Centrowitz bested all runners with a time of 4:03.29. Leo Manzano (4:03.57) and Garrett Heath (4:04.16) finished second and third place respectively.

Heather Kampf finished first in the women’s invitational championship with a time of 4:35.49 followed by Nicole Sifuentes (4.36.10) and Heather Wilson (4:40.03).

A total of $30,000 in prize money was awarded among the top finishers, with each men’s and women’s champion receiving $5,000.


Mascot Madness Charity Challenge

New this year was the addition of the Mascot Madness Charity Challenge. Surge with the Iowa Energy was the winner, and took home the $1,000 prize for their charitable foundation. Surge edged out Billy the Barnstormer with the Iowa Barnstormers and Spike with Drake University who finished second and third place respectively.

Next year’s Grand Blue Mile is scheduled to take place on April 26, 2016.

Additional race results from the Grand Blue Mile events will be posted at: Site.