Missourians set to compete at HOKA Festival of Miles in STL

The 2023 HOKA Festival of Miles will be held on Thursday, June 1, at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis.

The event will feature not only some of the best runners from Missouri but standouts from across the country will converge on the Gateway City. There will be youth races, mascot races and pro races.

Perhaps the biggest race will be the Big River Running High School Boys Championship Mile with three runners with sub-4:00 times.

Rapid City Stevens High School's Simeon Birnbaum from South Dakota (3:59.51), Rocky Hansen from Christ School in North Carolina (3:59.56) and Missouri's Connor Burns from Southern Boone County (3:58.83)

Burns is the only Missourian in either the boys' or girls' mile race.

There have been only four runners break the 4-minute mark in the 15-year history of the event and Burns did so last year here.

Richland County (Illinois) High School's Tatum David has the fastest women's time in the meet's history at 4:42.15. In fact, the four fastest times ever were all set last year.

She is back this year and will compete in the Drury Hotels Women's Mile.

Notable Missourians Competing

St. Louis Track Club Men's Mile

Jordan Mann Ocean State Athletic Club (MICDS, Brown University, Providence)

Daelen Ackley, Notre Dame (El Dorado Springs High School)

Jack Crull, Bradley University (Helias Catholic High School)

Drury Hotels Women's Mile