All you need to know about the Mile

Q) How long is the Mile in km?
A) The Mile race is exactly 1,609.344 metres.

Q) Who is the current mile world record holder?
A) Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj (men) 3:43.13 minutes and Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova (women) 4:12.56.

Q) What is the current mile Australian record?
A) Craig Mottram (Oslo, 2005) 3:48.98 and Linden Hall (London, 2018) 4.21:40.

Q) When is the next edition?
A) During the 2021 Arafura Games between 14-22 May, 2021

Q) Can anyone participate?
A) The event is open to the public for entry, and there are entry categories to cater for a wide variety of individuals.

Q) Can I volunteer?
A) Yes! We welcome volunteers to help out with a range of roles to fill. Please contact Athletics NT on 8945 1979.

Q) How do I enter students from our School into the 12 years and under, and youth categories?
A) Simply enter online. The more that enter the better. Everyone is welcome to enter.

Q) Have you consulted with traders and affected residents about how the event may affect them?
A) Yes, the event management team comprising Sport and Recreation and Athletics NT, has hand delivered notifications regarding the closure of Mitchell St to affected residents and business owners, and where possible has spoken to affected individuals and groups to canvas their views.

Q) How will the public be informed?
A) There will be an extensive communications and marketing campaign for the event which will include the website, advertising on radio and in the NT News, electronic signage at both the Bennett Street and Daly Street ends of Mitchell St and via event posters around Darwin

Q) How will you ensure this road closure is done safely?
A) The safety of the community is our highest priority. Arrangements will be in place to ensure the road closure is orderly, safe and all stakeholders are informed. This will include a traffic management plan and safety provisions including traffic management personnel, bollards, fencing and signage will be in place to ensure that traffic is diverted to the nearest possible route to minimise inconvenience and maximise public safety.

Q) Will there be food and drink available for purchase?
A) Participants and spectators are encouraged to patronise city businesses for their refreshment needs. There will be complimentary refreshments at the start and finish line for participants.

Q) Will there be toilet facilities on site?
A) Portable toilets will be located at the start/finish line.

Q) How can I/my business sponsor a race?
A) Sponsors are welcome, please discuss with Sport and Recreation on 8946 1419.


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