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Van Wert 4 Mile

Sat July 6, 2024 Van Wert, OH 45891 US Directions


The Fastest 4 Miles!

4 Mile

8:00PM EDT - 9:00PM EDT This Race is Open to Runners, Walkers, and Joggers
A Race for Everyone!

Van Wert 1 Mile

7:30PM EDT - 7:50PM EDT
Bring the Whole Family!

Kids 300m run

7:20PM EDT - 7:28PM EDT This event is FREE! Brings the kids out for fun this 300m dash!


121 E. Main Street
Van Wert, OH US 45891



The flat, fast 4-mile course will start in beautiful downtown Van Wert on a Saturday night in front of the historic Van Wert County Courthouse. Elite athletes, post collegiate teams, high school teams and other notable guests will be announced. Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ability levels are welcome! For the past 5 years, this race has become a summer tradition and can't miss race.  The Van Wert 4 Mile is the perfect race to test your fitness, enjoy a festive atmosphere, and support a great cause.

Swag and Awards

All participants (excluding the 300m Kid's Dash) will receive a Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt and custom finisher medal.

4-Mile Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Open & Masters Finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

1 Mile participants will receive a finisher medal.

300m Kid's Dash finishers will all receive a ribbon.

2022 Finisher Medal

Prizes & Prize Money

$5,000 Prize Purse

  • $1,500 top men’s team
  • $1,500 top women’s team
  • $500 1st place overall male and female individuals
  • $300 2nd place overall male and female individuals
  • $200 3rd place overall male and female individuals

Other Prizes

  • The Van Wert Cup will be awarded to the winning men's and women's teams in the National Championship
  • High School XC/TF Program Donation. $250 donation per program that achieves 20 current team members registering for the 4-mile.

About Our Prizes

We are committed to promoting equality within the sport of running.  To further this cause, the Van Wert Health 4 Mile will offer the following:

  • Equal Podium Spots
  • Equal Prize Money & Awards
  • Women’s specific swag & apparel
  • Equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line

The race committee, at their sole discretion may prohibit any individual with a former positive drug test or association with a coach who has a history of administering banned performance enhancing drugs to athletes.  All runners receiving prize money may be subject to a drug test for any banned substance prior to receiving prize money. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal residency status may be necessary for payments.

Course Details

4 Mile Course

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1 Mile Course

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300m Course

The 300m Kid's Dash will start in front of the Courthouse.  Go out 150 meters on E Main St. Turn around and head straight back to the finish.

4 Mile Course Records


Men: Nathan Martin - 17:45 (4:26/mile) - 2019

Women: Molly Bookmyer - 20:43 (5:11/mile) - 2021

Masters Men: Brendon Moody - 22:02 (5:31/mile) - 2022

Masters Women: Amy Kopack - 32:24 (8:06/mile) - 2021



Men: Team AK Van Wert - Average Time: 18:43 (4:40/mile) - 2022

Women: Playmakers Elite - Average Time: 22:46 (5:42/mile) - 2019

Notable Elite Runners Through the Years


Vicoty Chepngeno (Kenya)

  • Houston Half Marathon Champion 1:05:03 (2022)
  • North America all comer's Half Marathon record
  • 11th fastest Half Marathon of all time
  • Philadelphia Half Marathon Champion 1:07:22 (2021)
  • 31:42 10k (2021)
  • Van Wert Champion 21:12 (2018)


Nathan Martin (USA)

  • Fastest American born African American Marathoner 2:11:05 (2020)
  • 3x NAIA National Champion 
  • USATF 20k Championship Runner-Up (2019)
  • 2x Van Wert Champion (2019 & 2021)


Molly Bookmyer (USA)

  • 3rd at 2019 USATF 25K Championships, her first U.S. Champs race, behind only Emma Bates and Sara Hall
  • 2:32:31 Marathon (2023)
  • 1:10:51 Half Marathon (2022)
  • Van Wert Champion (2021)


James Ngandu (Kenya)

  • Houston Marathon Champion 2:11:03 (2022)
  • Half Marathon 1:01:28 (2022)
  • 2:10:17 Marathon (2022)
  • 28:31 10k (2019)
  • Van Wert Champion (2018)


Alsu Lenneman (Russia)

  • NCAA D1 5k Runner Up (2017)
  • 4:17 1500m 
  • 15:48 5k
  • Van Wert Champion (2022)


Athanas Kioko (Kenya)

  • 13:09 5k (2023)
  • 46:11 10 Mile (2022)
  • 3rd place NCAA D1 5k (2021)
  • Van Wert Champion (2022)


Johnny Crain (USA)

  • 4x NCAA D3 National Champion
  • 3x Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 28:26 10k
  • 1:03 Half Marathon
  • 2:15 Marathon

Champions By Year


Club Men: Team AK Van Wert - Average Time: 18:43 (4:40/mile) 

Club Women: Pittsburgh Track Club - Average Time: 23:16 (5:49/mile)

Individual Men: Athanas Kioko - 17:48 (4:27/mile)

Individual Women: Alsu Lenneman - 21:54 (5:29/mile)



Club Men: Pittsburgh Track Club - Average Time: 19:08 (4:47/mile)

Club Women: Playmakers Elite - Average Time: 23:18 (5:50/mile)

Individual Men: Nathan Martin - 18:01 (4:30/mile) 

Individual Women: Molly Bookmyer - 20:43 (5:11/mile)



Club Men: Playmakers Elite - Average Time: 19:37 (4:54/mile)

Club Women: Playmakers Elite - Average Time: 22:46 (5:42/mile)

Individual Men: Nathan Martin - 17:45 (4:26/mile)

Individual Women: Rachel Dickman - 21:40 (5:25/mile)



Club Men: Wolf Creek Track Club - Average Time: 19:39 (4:55/mile)

Club Women: Playmakers Elite - Average Time: 23:16 (5:49/mile)

Individual Men: James Ngandu - 18:06 (4:31/mile)

Individual Women: Vicoty Chepngeno - 21:12 (5:18/mile) 


Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Van Wert

Follow THIS LINK to reserve your room for a special rate of $125.99 or call the hotel and reserve your room under the Van Wert 4 Mile room block.

Referral Rewards

After registering for this event, you will receive a unique referral link that you can share with your friends. If one of your friends registers for this event through your unique link, you will be credited with a referral. If you reach a total of 5 referrals, you will be refunded $30! In order for a registration to count as a referral, it must be a separate transaction from your original registration. If a family of 5 people sign up together at the same time in a single transaction, that will not qualify for a refund. The unique link must be used.

High School XC/TF Program Donations

Race alongside some of the country's fastest runners while earning money for your school's athletic program! When registering for the Van Wert 4 Mile, you will be asked if you are affiliated with a high school cross country/track team. By selecting your high school team during registration, you are helping your team earn money. Any high school cross country/track program with at least 15 individuals who register for the 4-mile race will receive a $250 donation to their program.

Elite Teams

Teams are to be comprised of no more than 6 individuals. The finish times of the top 4 runners on each team will be summed and averaged for a total team time. The men's and women's teams with the fastest team times will win the Van Wert Cup, and $1,500 in prize money.  More details on prizes are listed below under 'Prize Money and Prizes.  


4 Mile

Regular: (NOW - June 26) $30

Late: (June 27 - July 8) $50

Race Day: (July 9 if available) $60 

Kids 18 & Under will receive a $5 discount. 

1 Mile Walk/Run

Regular: (NOW - June 26) $15

Late: (June 27 - July 9) $25

Kid's Dash 


Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

  • Available at The Well Nutrition (109 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891).

Race Day Packet Pickup

  • Start/Finish line in front of the Courthouse from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


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