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Join a world-record-breaking running attempt at Harpeth Hall

Join a world-record-breaking running attempt at Harpeth Hall
Join a world-record-breaking running attempt at Harpeth Hall
Annamaria Bacchetta and Lily Bowen participate in a Harpeth Hall track meet in spring 2023

On Saturday, Jan. 6, a group of 100 women representing Nashville Track Club will attempt to break the world record for the women's 100 x 1-mile relay. 

The runners will circle the Harpeth Hall track one at a time from morning until night in an effort to make history. Among them will be Harpeth Hall students, alumnae, and maybe even a few faculty members and parents. 

You, too, can take part. The Nashville Track Club is looking for girls and women with a connection to the Nashville running scene to join in the record-breaking attempt. 

The current record, set in June 2023 by the San Francisco Women’s Miler Club, stands at 9 hours, 18 minutes, and 32 seconds (a 5:35 minute per mile average). 

“Inspired by that tremendous feat, we hope to carry the baton into 2024 with a similarly talented and diverse group of women,” said event organizer Dave Milner, Harpeth Hall's assistant varsity cross country coach and track distance coach. “Our record attempt will commence at 9 a.m. and, if successful, conclude by 6:18 p.m.”

Participating runners must be capable of running a sub-6-minute mile (or a 20-minute 5K). In addition, leaders in the local running community are encouraged to participate to highlight their contributions to the sport. The end goal is to unite members of local running clubs and groups and bring together women of all ages and backgrounds to form a record-breaking team that represents the talented Nashville running community.

"Being able to run this world record attempt on my home track with my teammates is incredibly meaningful, and I can't wait," Harpeth Hall senior Annamaria Bacchetta said. "I know some students will be coming to cheer us on, which is super exciting. ... I also can't wait to meet and talk with amazing runners from across Middle Tennessee, and, hopefully, set the world record."

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Applications close on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. The Nashville Track Club’s event management team will review all applications and email selection confirmations by Sunday, Dec. 10. Successful applicants will receive a pair of On Running shoes and a Nashville Track Club racing singlet to wear during the event and keep in commemoration. There will be a participant fee of $25 to cover event costs, insurance, and record application. (NTC can assist with the participant fee if it cost is prohibitive for interested runners.) Coach Milner asks that only those individuals who are available on Saturday, Jan 6, 2024, complete the application.

“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our entire Nashville running community to come together to accomplish a goal,” Harpeth Hall Director of Athletics Kylene Lee said, “and it's not every day that our girls and alumnae get a chance to help break a world record.”

Each runner can only run one 1-mile leg of the relay — no repeats — which means Nashville Track Club will also need a team of approximately 15 alternate runners to be available on race day in case of last-minute scratches. Any individual not initially selected for the team of 100 is invited to join as an alternate.