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2018 Kalakaua Merrie Mile Elite Field

2018 Kalakaua Merrie Mile Elite Field

The Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Waikiki, is road racing at its finest and purest.
An incredible field of international Olympians and top 1500m and mile runners will compete at the 2018 Kalakaua Merrie Mile.
The event is run as a gender challenge. The women get a head start and the first to cross the line, irrespective of gender wins!

Starts in Waikiki at 7am, Saturday December 8.
Event Info

 

Kalakaua Merrie Mile
Edward Cheserek Kenya 1994
Merrie Mile History: 1st, 2017, 3:58.1; 1st, 2018, 3:54.83 (event record; fastest mile ever in Hawaii) Mile Personal Best: 3:49.44i, Boston, Feb. 9, 2018; 1500m Personal Best, 3:33.76i, Boston, Feb. 9, 2018
Nick Willis New Zealand (1983)
Merrie Mile History: 4th, 2017, 4:03.6; 6th, 2018, 4:00.78 Mile Personal Best: 3:49.83, Oslo, June 11, 2014; 1500m Personal Best, 3:29.66, Monaco, July 17, 2015
Ben Flanagan Canada, (1995)
Ben Flanagan is a newly signed professional runner for the up-and-coming Reebok Boston Track Club. Flanagan stunned his competitors back in June, when he ran a 59 second personal best to take the NCAA 10K title in 28:34. Since then, Flanagan ran 3:57.75 to PR at the Long Island Mile.
Craig Engels USA 1994
Craig Engels - in the course of one year - went from an All-American for Ole Miss, to a valuable member of the prestigious Oregon Project racing team. Over the 2017-2018 season, Engels managed to rack 15 podium finishes and five wins under the team name.
Craig Huffer Australia 1989
Merrie Mile History: 7th, 2018, 4:05.86 Mile Personal Best: 3:57.81i, Boston, Feb. 2, 2013; 1500m Personal Best, 3:36.35, Barcelona, July 9, 2019
Leonard Bett Kenya 2000
Bett came in second at the 2018 Kalakaua Merrie Mile. This year he has been to the World Championships in Doha, making the 3000m steeplechase final.
Amanda Eccleston USA (1990)
Merrie Mile History: 11th (5th woman), 2018, 4;42.49 Mile Personal Best: 4:25.64, Raleigh, August 5, 2016; 1500m Personal Best, 4:03.25, London, July 22, 2016
Mirriam Cherop Kenya 1999
Mirriam Cherrop is the defending Kalakaua Merrie Mile female champion. Last year, she powered through the line in a quick 4:24.7 - more than enough to set the Hawaii all-comers record.
Shannon Osika USA 1993
Merrie Mile History: 3rd (2nd woman), 2016, 4:29.5; 8th (2nd woman), 2018, 4:33.2 Mile Personal Best: 4:25.47, Memphis, Aug. 25, 2018; 1500m Personal Best: 4:01.80, Chrozow, Sep. 14, 2019
Jaimie Phelan Canada 1995
Jaimie Phelan is a currently training with True Blue Elite. She became the first woman in school history to win a 1500m title, when she earned the title at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Rachel Schneider USA 1991
Merrie Mile History: 10th (4th woman), 2018, 4:38.30 Mile Personal Best: 4:20.91, Monaco, July 12, 2019; 1500m Personal Best, 4:02.26+, Monaco, July 12, 2019
Agnes Ngetich Kenya, (2001)
Agnes Ngetich is a young talent out of Kenya - being the only female athlete born this millenia. In 2016, she placed seventh at Kenya’s World Junior Trials - running 16:53.7 for 5K. She continued on the next year to set quick personal bests, running marks of 15:59 in the 5K, 9:13 for 3K, and 4:27 for 1500m. In 2018, she placed fourth in the Adidas Boost Boston Games, running 15:58, before placing sixth in the Kenya World U20 Trials.
Edward Cheserek Kenya 1994
Merrie Mile History: 1st, 2017, 3:58.1; 1st, 2018, 3:54.83 (event record; fastest mile ever in Hawaii) Mile Personal Best: 3:49.44i, Boston, Feb. 9, 2018; 1500m Personal Best, 3:33.76i, Boston, Feb. 9, 2018
Nick Willis New Zealand (1983)
Merrie Mile History: 4th, 2017, 4:03.6; 6th, 2018, 4:00.78 Mile Personal Best: 3:49.83, Oslo, June 11, 2014; 1500m Personal Best, 3:29.66, Monaco, July 17, 2015
Ben Flanagan Canada, (1995)
Ben Flanagan is a newly signed professional runner for the up-and-coming Reebok Boston Track Club. Flanagan stunned his competitors back in June, when he ran a 59 second personal best to take the NCAA 10K title in 28:34. Since then, Flanagan ran 3:57.75 to PR at the Long Island Mile.
Craig Engels USA 1994
Craig Engels - in the course of one year - went from an All-American for Ole Miss, to a valuable member of the prestigious Oregon Project racing team. Over the 2017-2018 season, Engels managed to rack 15 podium finishes and five wins under the team name.
Craig Huffer Australia 1989
Merrie Mile History: 7th, 2018, 4:05.86 Mile Personal Best: 3:57.81i, Boston, Feb. 2, 2013; 1500m Personal Best, 3:36.35, Barcelona, July 9, 2019
Leonard Bett Kenya 2000
Bett came in second at the 2018 Kalakaua Merrie Mile. This year he has been to the World Championships in Doha, making the 3000m steeplechase final.
Amanda Eccleston USA (1990)
Merrie Mile History: 11th (5th woman), 2018, 4;42.49 Mile Personal Best: 4:25.64, Raleigh, August 5, 2016; 1500m Personal Best, 4:03.25, London, July 22, 2016
Mirriam Cherop Kenya 1999
Mirriam Cherrop is the defending Kalakaua Merrie Mile female champion. Last year, she powered through the line in a quick 4:24.7 - more than enough to set the Hawaii all-comers record.
Shannon Osika USA 1993
Merrie Mile History: 3rd (2nd woman), 2016, 4:29.5; 8th (2nd woman), 2018, 4:33.2 Mile Personal Best: 4:25.47, Memphis, Aug. 25, 2018; 1500m Personal Best: 4:01.80, Chrozow, Sep. 14, 2019
Jaimie Phelan Canada 1995
Jaimie Phelan is a currently training with True Blue Elite. She became the first woman in school history to win a 1500m title, when she earned the title at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Rachel Schneider USA 1991
Merrie Mile History: 10th (4th woman), 2018, 4:38.30 Mile Personal Best: 4:20.91, Monaco, July 12, 2019; 1500m Personal Best, 4:02.26+, Monaco, July 12, 2019
Agnes Ngetich Kenya, (2001)
Agnes Ngetich is a young talent out of Kenya - being the only female athlete born this millenia. In 2016, she placed seventh at Kenya’s World Junior Trials - running 16:53.7 for 5K. She continued on the next year to set quick personal bests, running marks of 15:59 in the 5K, 9:13 for 3K, and 4:27 for 1500m. In 2018, she placed fourth in the Adidas Boost Boston Games, running 15:58, before placing sixth in the Kenya World U20 Trials.