Hundreds compete in the "Main Street Mile"

By Chad Weber

June 28, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Hundreds unleashed their inner cheetah Friday night on Main Street in Peoria.

About 400 runners participated in the annual "Main Street Mile."

The race started at the location of the old Running Central and finished at the bottom on the hill on Main Street.

Three heats participated with the fastest heat coming last.

Last year Dunlap native Johnny Crain ran the first sub 4:00 minute race on the unusually fast course.

"A mile run on roads is not an uncommon race for communities to have," said organizer Adam White, "but to find one that is really downhill and with the downhill laid out how it is on main street is exceptional. It really lends itself to some amazingly fast times and logistically the way it is laid out. There are very few like this course."

All proceeds from the event went to to the Elite Outreach Program and the Peoria Area Track and Field Club.