The Oberlin Mile

Event Date

Fri, Jul 4, 2014


Oberlin, KS

About This Activity

We aim to make The Oberlin Mile the premier 1-mile foot race in the country. The most fun one, too! It will be the standard by which all other competitive mile runs are measured.

Open to all runners (and walkers) of all age groups. The run(s) will be in the morning and a street race "on the bricks" of Oberlin. The event will consist of separate and distinct runs, intended for everyone - serious competition, and serious fun!

*  Competitive 1-Mile Men’s Race: For all age groups. The coveted and legendary "Yellow Jersey" awarded for the first-place finisher. Trophies or medals awarded for top three (3) over-all and top three (3) per age group.

*  Competitive 1-Mile Women’s Race: For all age groups. The coveted and legendary "Yellow Jersey" awarded for the first-place finisher. Prizes awarded for top three (3) over-all and top three (3) per age group.

*  Family and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk


TEAMS - Please remember, The Oberlin Mile encourages teams, but formal, collegiate teams are not permitted. Teams may be organized by independent civic and community groups, elementary, junior high/middle school and high school. Collegiate students and athletes are encouraged and desired to participate, and may form teams independent of school affiliation.


The Mission of the Oberlin Mile - Fighting and Winning the Battle of Fitness and Funding

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 To promote the sport and life-style of running.

To support and bolster the Athletic and Physical Education programs of Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska schools, as well as any and all other elementary and secondary schools that participate.

To establish and maintain an independent community-based and regionally, even nationally recognized outdoor mile race that sets the standard for community-organized mile races nation-wide.

To economically benefit all participating communities and the schools of every community that are represented by student runners, walkers and volunteers throughout the region (primarily but not limited to) - Northwest Kansas, Southwest and Southcentral Nebraska and Eastern Colorado.

All net proceeds will be awarded by percentage of participation to all elementary, junior high and high school Athletic and Physical Education Programs represented - according to their respective registered participants, either runners, walkers or event volunteers.


WELCOME! Walk-up runners and walkers are welcome, BUT generally, the later you register, the less likely a T-shirt will be available for you. Registrations made after Monday, June 30 cannot be gauranteed a T-shirt on race day. Register early!

Event schedule and times

Thursday evening, July 3

Early Check-in and almost-last minute Registration: The Golden Age Center (GAC), 5:30pm-6:30pm

RACE DAY - Friday, July 4th

Check-in and Packet Pick-up and last-minute Registration: 6:45am – 7:45am,  at Race Headquarters, GAC

The starter’s gun for the Men’s Race will fire at approximately 8:00am. 

The starter’s gun for the Women’s Race will fire at approximately 8:20am 

The starter’s gun for the Family Fun Run and Walk will fire at approximately 8:40am.

Awards Ceremony: Approximately 9:15am, near TOM's finish line.


STUDENTS REMEMBER to tell us your grade, school name and town so that your school will get credit and receive a portion of the award money, based on your participation. Ths includes student runners, walkers and volunteers. (Does not apply to college/university students.)


Parking is available liberally throughout town.


The Oberlin area, including surrounding and nearby communities all have hotels, motels, primitive and RV camping facilities and Bed & Breakfast providers. Please check the Website or local city directories for available lodging options. You may also email or call the Oberlin Mile Race Director or staff to have your questions answered and get assistance.

TOM Gear

Be sure to check out the "TOM Gear" tab on the website for a cool selection of Oberlin Mile collectible shirts.  Show your stuff!

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