Fastest Mile in Washington

Presented by Home2 Suites by Hilton - Yakima Airport 



What is the Downtown Yakima Mile?

The Downtown Yakima Mile presented by Home2 Suites by Hilton - Yakima Airport is a one-mile race down a beautiful 14-block gradual downhill stretch of Yakima Avenue, finishing in the shadows of the historic Larson Building. Open to runners of all ages and abilities who “want to run their fastest mile…..EVER”.


Run for fun. Run for health. Run for the record. Run to show your community spirit. Run to support survivors of domestic abuse. The Downtown Yakima Mile is back in 2022!

This year, the Downtown Yakima Mile Committee is ready and set for the third annual DYM. The goal remains the same: to provide an exciting community event open to all; highlighting and celebrating the Yakima Valley at the local and national scale. By doing so, we hope that the DYM inspires families who live here to become and stay active.

The 2021 Downtown Yakima Mile drew runners of all ages and abilities from across the valley and around the world, as they raced against the clock in hopes of setting a new personal best. The prize purse for the elite runners grew to over $45,000 in 2021, sparking fierce competition in the final two elite races.

That day, Nikki Hiltz, of California, championed the women's elite race and clocked the fastest mile on Washington state soil at 4:21. Sam Prakel, of Washington, won the elite men's race, crossing the finish line at 3:55. In 2019 at the inaugural DYM, Amos Bartelsmeyer, of Germany, set the current Washington state record for the mile at 3 minutes, 51.79 seconds!

The Downtown Yakima Mile is proud to support the YWCA Yakima, the beneficiary of the event. The YWCA Yakima is the largest provider of domestic violence services in Yakima County; their motto: "eliminating racism; empowering women." The YWCA provides a 24/7 domestic violence emergency shelter in Yakima and offers affordable housing to homeless families because of domestic violence. In 2020 alone, the YWCA helped more than 13,000 people in the Yakima Valley through crisis support, housing, legal advocacy, and other services offered. We encourage you to learn more about the life-saving services provided by the Yakima YWCA at


We invite you to join us!






On behalf of our Strategic Planning Committee, we would like to invite EVERYONE to run, jog, or walk the Downtown Yakima Mile. With 11 heats it is our sincere hope that you find a race that suits you or better yet challenges you. We welcome people of all ages, cultures, genders, and abilities. We truly want members of the whole community to join us!

Ultimately, whether you are a participant or spectator you are expressing your commitment to fostering a healthy community where everyone feels inspired and welcomed, with a little healthy competition mixed in!