Chasing the elusive four-minute barrier
Lodi native Jeff Merrill is organizing the inaugural Lodi Mile. Merrill has a personal best time of 4 minutes, 13 seconds in the mile.
- Lodi Mile at a glance
9-10 a.m.: High School races (men/women)
10-11 a.m.: 10-and-under, middle school races (men/women for middle school only)
11-11:30 a.m.: 18-29 Age group races (men/women)
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: 30-39 Age group races (men/women)
12-12:30 p.m.: 40-49 Age group races (men/women)
12:30-1 p.m.: 50+ Age group races (men/women)
1-1:30 p.m.: Elite races (men/women)
1:30-1:50 p.m.: Seeded races (men/women)
1:50-2:10 p.m.: Amputee race
2:10-2:30 p.m.: Clydesdale race (men/women)
2:30 p.m.: Firemen vs. Policemen
Elite race runners
Peter Van Der Westhuizen, AJ Acosta, Tommy Schmitz, Miles Batty, Michael Andebirhane,Yonas Mebrahtu, Garrett Heath.
Geena Gall, Chelsea Reilly, Renisha Robinson, Leah Rosenfeld , Taylor Bryson
Current mile records
American: Alan Webb (3:46.91), set on July 21, 2007
World: Hicham El Guerrouj of Morroco (3:43.13), set on July 7, 1999
American: Mary Slaney (4:16.71), set Aug. 21, 1985
World: Svetlana Maskerkova of Russia (4:12.56), set on Aug. 14, 1996.
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00 am
Jeff Merrill likens a mile to two worlds colliding: The strategy and aerobic endurance of distance running, combined with the explosiveness of sprinting.
"It's a nice meeting right in the middle there," said Merrill, a former Lodi High School track star who competed at the University of Michigan.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00 am.