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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
Defending Kalakaua Mile champion and a professional for Skechers Performance. In college, Cheserek matched Prefontaine’s record of three cross country national titles, before stepping forward to become the most decorated NCAA men's Division 1 athlete of all time.
Nick Willis New Zealand (1983)
Nick Willis has competed many times for New Zealand’s Olympic team. He earned silver at the 2008 Olympics, before receiving bronze in a tactical 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This will be his third time racing along the flats of Kalakaua Avenue.
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
Craig Huffer is an Adams State alum, and sub-four minute miler from Australia. He had much success as a junior, at age 18 he won Australia’s most competitive mile race - the Leonora Golden Gift. At 19, he became Australia’s fourth fastest junior of all time in the 1500m, running 3:39 at the Sydney Track Classic.
Leonard Bett Kenya 2000
The only male competitor born this millennium. Leonard Bett is a prominent junior level steeplechaser. In 2017 he went undefeated in the 2000m SC, winning the Kenyan World Youth trials in 5:28
Amanda Eccleston USA (1990)
Amanda Eccleston is a professional miler for Brooks. While at the University of Michigan, she was a national champion in the DMR (2013), 5th place in the NCAA Indoor Championships, and a two-time Big Ten Champion in the 1500m and mile.
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
Shannon Osika is a professional runner for Nike. This will be her second time racing in Honolulu - as she ran the first installment back in 2016, placing fifth.
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
Rachel Schneider is a versatile mid-long distance runner representing Under Armour. She is a two-time Camel City Elite Mile winner, and the runner-up at the 2018 USA 5000m Championships.
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
Defending Kalakaua Mile champion and a professional for Skechers Performance. In college, Cheserek matched Prefontaine’s record of three cross country national titles, before stepping forward to become the most decorated NCAA men's Division 1 athlete of all time.
Nick Willis New Zealand (1983)
Nick Willis has competed many times for New Zealand’s Olympic team. He earned silver at the 2008 Olympics, before receiving bronze in a tactical 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This will be his third time racing along the flats of Kalakaua Avenue.
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
Craig Huffer is an Adams State alum, and sub-four minute miler from Australia. He had much success as a junior, at age 18 he won Australia’s most competitive mile race - the Leonora Golden Gift. At 19, he became Australia’s fourth fastest junior of all time in the 1500m, running 3:39 at the Sydney Track Classic.
Leonard Bett Kenya 2000
The only male competitor born this millennium. Leonard Bett is a prominent junior level steeplechaser. In 2017 he went undefeated in the 2000m SC, winning the Kenyan World Youth trials in 5:28
Amanda Eccleston USA (1990)
Amanda Eccleston is a professional miler for Brooks. While at the University of Michigan, she was a national champion in the DMR (2013), 5th place in the NCAA Indoor Championships, and a two-time Big Ten Champion in the 1500m and mile.
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
Shannon Osika is a professional runner for Nike. This will be her second time racing in Honolulu - as she ran the first installment back in 2016, placing fifth.
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
Rachel Schneider is a versatile mid-long distance runner representing Under Armour. She is a two-time Camel City Elite Mile winner, and the runner-up at the 2018 USA 5000m Championships.
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.