An event record 1,500-plus participants at fourth edition; third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015 - PITTSBURGH – (July 31, 2015) – At the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on a warm, humid Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, two Milers, who are common faces in the Steel City and to this event, Heather Kampf and Jordan McNamara won their American Development Pro races in 4:33 and 3:59, respectively. Kampf, 28, won her third Liberty Mile crown (also 2012-13), while McNamara, 28, defended his title and also tied the event record set by Craig Miller in 2012.
The women’s race opened with a 68 second first quarter mile, but then the large pack slowed to 2:20 at the halfway mark. At the turn onto Liberty Avenue, Emily Lipari led the field with the two favorites Kampf and defending champion and Team USA Minnesota teammate Gabriele Grunewald following closely behind. In the final 600 meters, Kampf moved past rising Mile star Rachel Schneider and powered her way to the tape in 4:33, tying the #2 fastest event time. Grunewald followed in 4:35 as runner-up and Schneider was third, clocking 4:36.
“I came into the race with a plan that I visualized and executed, but I never felt safe until the end,” said the Queen of the Road Mile Kampf. “Pittsburgh is my second home, and I love racing here.”