On Saturday 22 December, Bankstown Sports Athletics Club will host the Albie Thomas Mile at The Crest Athletics Track in Georges Hall.
The Albie Thomas Mile is a celebration of Australian running and its signature Mile Race will see the best of the best of Australian middle distance runners battle it out for a prize pool of $12,000 and the prestigious National Mile Crown, which is to be resurrected and awarded for the first time in 25 years.
For those looking to join in the fun, there will be a 3km community track run, a 50m dash for Little Athletics Tiny Tots and a Fastest Kid 100m race. There will also be live music, a range of food options and a fully licensed bar located trackside for the spectators.
Special guests and Australian record holders, Ryan Gregson and Genevieve LaCaze will be competing in the men’s and women’s Australian Mile Championship races on the night. Ryan is a two-time Olympian who became the first Australian man in 40 years to make the Olympic 1500m final in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Genevieve is a two-time Olympian and Australian Champion in the 5,000m steeple chase.
Bankstown Sports Athletics Club will have three athletes competing in the A Championship men's and women's elite races, and over 50 athletes competing across the course of the entire event.
Bankstown Sports Athletics Club Secretary Matthew Whitbread says it is an honour for the club to host such a prestigious event.
“It is critical for Bankstown Sports Athletics Club to be involved in hosting these events as it substantially raises the profile of the club. By hosting the Albie Thomas Mile, Bankstown will be the first club to host an Australian Track Championship - as opposed to it being hosted by the relevant state association. This is a significant honour for the club and we are very proud.”
He encouraged everyone to attend the event.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to see Australia's best athletes up close! You will literally be able to stand on the track while they race. There will also be a bunch of food and drinks available which you can enjoy trackside while watching the main program.”
6:00pm- Tiny Tots 50m Dash
6:05pm- Fastest Kid 100m Heats
6:25pm - Community 3km track run
6:45pm - Fastest Kid 100m Final
7:00pm - Albie Thomas Mile Elite Program
For more event information or to register for the community run, head to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960984580871628/