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The Inaugural John Henry Mile


PCA-Hawaii was a non-profit beneficiary of the inaugural running of The John Henry Mile over the February 11-12 weekend. Held at the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Clarence T. C. Ching Complex, the fun family event raised funds for our Chapter and the University of Hawaii-Manoa Track and Field program. 

The event is named for John Henry Felix, Chairman and CEO of Hawaii Medical Insurance Association and former Chief of Staff to the first Governor of the State of Hawaii, who lives the PCA motto of Better Athletes, Better People. Sir Dr. Roger Bannister, who famously ran the first sub-4-minute-mile, served as Honorary Chair, in support of John Henry Felix. “It's appropriate that The Mile is named in honor of my fellow miler and Oxford colleague,” Sir Roger said. “The mile is a very special event, which played a significant role in my development as an athlete, academic and physician.”

Thanks to these World Record Camp clinicians who made the event such a success:

  • Willie Banks, Three-time Olympian and Former Triple Jump World Record Holder
  • Dick Fosbury, Olympic Gold Medalist in the High Jump and Creator of the Fosbury Flop technique
  • Jacqueline Hansen, Former Marathon world record holder and distance running world champion
  • Andre Phillips, Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400-meter Hurdles
  • Liz Podominick, Olympian and World Champion in discus
  • Mike Powell, Two-time Olympic Silver medalist in the Long Jump and Current World Record Holder
  • Gregg Simmons, Top Sprint Coach

Local Coaches who contributed to the event’s success included:

  • Tom Hintnaus, Two-time Olympian in Pole Vault
  • Jonathan Lyau, Honolulu Marathon Hall of Famer and Hawaii High School Track Champion
  • Dr. Duncan MacDonald, Olympian, Former American Record Holder, and Stanford University Academic All-America
  • Todd Iacovelli, Michigan All-American and Hawaii High School Cross Country and Track Champion
  • Connie Comiso-Fanelli, Hawaii’s most accomplished female runner with more than 100 marathons completed
  • Dr. Stein Rafto, Harvard University Captain in Cross Country, Track Standout, and Hawaii High School Track Champion.

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