What is the Downtown Yakima Mile?
The Downtown Yakima Mile presented by Home2 Suites and Tru by Hilton 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”
Created in 2019 by former Eisenhower High School Alumni and former collegiate runners, Chris Waddle and Erik Mickelson, the race was designed to bring the joy of running to the Yakima Valley. Running 11 heats of mile races back to back, from elite athletes to tiny tots.
The 2019 race attracted not only local talent but elite runners from all over the world. The race not only featured more than $25,000 in prize money for runners but also hosted the FASTEST one-mile race in Washington State History.
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!