International athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Saturday, July 2nd.
This event follows on from last year’s success where the big crowd present witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track in Letterkenny.
This will be the fourth staging of the event, which is going from strength to strength each year, and is sure to be one of the highlights on the Irish and international athletics calendar for 2016.
The organisers will be hoping for meeting records, sub 4 minute miles, and qualification standards for the Olympic Games in Rio later in the summer.
The men’s feature event on the programme will be the iconic distance of 1609m, the Mile. The 2014 race produced the first ever sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil with double Olympian, Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios marking his place in history by stopping the clock at 3:59.43.
With Ireland’s rich tradition of great milers over the years such as Ronnie Delaney and Eamonn Coghlan, it makes the mile all the more appealing for Irish sports fans.
American Jon Peterson won last year’s race, narrowly missing out on breaking the 4 minute barrier with 4:00.41.
The women's feature event this year will no doubt again be the 3000m steeplechase. Who could forget the historic night we witnessed last July in Letterkenny when three Irish women etched their way into the history books. It was a night to remember for the trio of Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy with all three securing qualification standards for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Never before had three Irish women qualified for an Olympic Games at the same race meeting.
The race, which was won by Jamie Cheever from the USA, also produced the 5 fastest times ever run on Irish soil in the steeplechase.
The track and field programme will also feature a mens 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, javelin and high jump, and a women's 200m, 400m, 800m, and long jump event.
The event would not be possible without the continued support of Letterkenny AC's sponsors, and it is exciting to look forward to an event where athletes from all over the world are set to compete.
The action gets underway at 7pm.