Carrie chats with Elle Purrier, the new American record holder in the indoor mile! They chat about the record, her love story, life on the farm, and her plans for the 2020 Olympics!
Recorded February 20, 2020
Photo by Kevin Morris
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Elinor Purrier won the 2020 NYRR Wanamaker Mile, shattering the meet & American records with her 4:16.85 clocking (also #2 all-time woman indoors) as well as breaking her track Mile personal record by nearly 8 seconds!
In 2019, the rising U.S. star finished third in the USA 5000m Championship to qualify for her first Team USA berth at the World Championships in Doha, and in September at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, she was just nipped by winner Jenny Simpson, clocking a personal best 4:16.2. In February, Elinor also set her then track Mile PR of 4:24.88 at the New Balance Indoor GP in Boston.
In 2018, Purrier won the NCAA Indoor Mile, edging Colorado’s Dani Jones, 4:31.76 to 4:31.82. In February in Boston, she also recorded the fastest indoor Mile in the world for the year, clocking 4:26.55, #2 all-time in NCAA history (only Jenny Simpson is faster).
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire and turning pro, at the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships in late June, she finished sixth in the 1500 meters, running 4:09.30.
At the University of New Hampshire, Purrier was an 11-time All-American and studied nutrition.
FUN FACT: Elinor grew up on her family’s Vermont dairy farm, milking 30 cows each morning at 5:30, before going to school.
Bio courtesy of Bring Back the Mile