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Posted: May 7, 2018:  

Athletics: Defending Champ Emily Lipari Returns to Medtronic TC 1 Mile on May 10

Minneapolis Riverfront Course to Host More than 2,500 Runners

St. Paul, Minn.: May 6, 2018 - Last yearís Medtronic TC 1 Mile womenís champion Emily Lipari of San Diego returns to defend her title when many of the countryís top milers take to the streets of Minneapolis for the 2018 Medtronic TC 1 Mile on Thursday evening, May 10.

The fields of Olympic aspirants will race for a $25,000 menís and womenís prize purse and a pair of $10,000 event record bonuses should the womenís or menís winners better the event records held by Sarah Hall (4:30.8) and Ben Blankenship (3:55.8).

Lipari, who edged Sara Vaughn at the finish line last year, will likely face her toughest competition from 2013 Medtronic TC 1 Mile champion Sarah Brown of East Weymouth, Mass. Other likely challengers include Cory McGee of Boston, at 4:27 miler and Lithuanian star Natalija Piliusina, who has run 4:32. Vaughn is not competing in this yearís event.

The menís professional race is expected to be a wide-open affair. Last yearís runner-up Daniel Herrara leads the top contenders that include former University of Minnesota star Travis Burkstrand (3rd in 2016), Brandon Hudgins of Jamestown, N.C. (5th in 2016), and Kenyan star Lawi Lalang.

The day before the race, Hudgins will host a reading and book-signing for his memoir "Going the Distance" at The Lakes Running Co. The book chronicles his quest for a sub-4-minute mile after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune blood disease. Details about the event can be found here.

The Medtronic TC 1 Mile is expected to draw more than 2,500 runners to downtown Minneapolis for a full evening of racing. Seven waves of mile races - from first-timers to pros and including 50 corporate teams - will start near the Mill City Museum, racing past Gold Medal Park, and finishing along the Mississippi Riverfront near the Guthrie Theater. The event is a stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour which offers a $10,000 tour prize purse.

The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, organized by Twin Cities In Motion, features an evening of races for runners of all ages and abilities. Action kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CDT and culminates with the professional races at 7:52 p.m. (women) and 8:01 p.m. (men).

Online registration is open through Wednesday, May 9, at

Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) is the regionís premier running event company. Its mission is simple - ignite everyoneís inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes 27 races throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. marathon, to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and experiences to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Collectively, TCM and its charity partners that fundraise at TCM events give back more than $1.4 million annually to a variety of causes. For more information, visit us at, or find us on Facebook and Twitter @tcmarathon.

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