Millrose Games officials announced that Ray Flynn, owner of 89 sub-four-minute mile records, including the Irish mile record, will be director of the 105th Millrose Games. Officials also announced that the new date for the 2012 Millrose Games will be Saturday, Feb. 11 at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Upper Manhattan.
Armory Executive Director and Millrose President Dr. Norbert Sander said that Flynn’s association with the Millrose Games will bring new enthusiasm to its new beginning at the Armory. “The Armory Foundation is very pleased that Flynn, an athlete and agent with a great Millrose Games history, has joined the Millrose Games at the Armory in 2012,” he said. “Ray Flynn’s vast experience and professionalism will be added benefits for the Millrose Games.”
“My goal is to excite the new generation of younger athletes and to continue the legacy of the Millrose Games at the Armory,” Flynn said. “We want to get the word out that the Millrose Games at the Armory will be a wonderful meet that will attract a number of the world’s great athletes. The athletes really like to run on the Armory track. Putting the Armory with the Millrose Games name, history and overall excitement will be a great combination.”
The 54-year-old Longford, Ireland, native teamed with Irish runners Marcus O’Sullivan, Eamonn Coghlan and Frank O’Mara to establish the 4 x mile relay world record (15:49.08), which continues to stand today. He set the Irish mile record when he recorded a 3:49.77 in 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games Dream Mile. He ran for Ireland in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.
Flynn was an All-American in both track and field and cross country at East Tennessee State, and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. Now Flynn will be brought back to an event that was a big part of his running career.
Traditionally, the Millrose Games were held on the last Friday in January, but next year’s Millrose Games will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Because the 2012 Olympics will take place July 27-Aug. 12 in London, “the date change will allow professional and 2012 summer Olympians the chance to compete and gain needed recognition in the media capital of the world, New York City,” said Sander.
“Changing the date to February 11 is a smart move,” Flynn said. `”It will give the athletes a chance to be in better shape and will yield better performances.”