(Eidtor's note: The Sri Chinmoy Marathon had been sponsoring 2-mile races throughout the metropolitan area for several years. However, in was in 1984 at Flushing Meadow Park that the 2-mile race series, run on a one-mile loop, became a permanent fixture in the New York area. The weekly 2-mile race has been held every week since that summer in 1984, and is now run around Jamaica High School on a .87 mile loop.)
What the press had to say about some of our first 2-mile races...
"Gauthier, Grasso and Nichels Win". The New York Tribune. New York. August 6, 1984.
"Roff Grasso won his fourth consecutive 50 and over age division title in the Runners are Smilers two mile race series with a 12:22 clocking, Tuesday evening...Virendra Gauthier won the event in 9:37."
"D'Anauto Wins Two Miler: Nicholas Tops". The New York Tribune. New York. September 10, 1984.
"Don D'Anauto broke Virendra Gauthier's ten week hold on the Sri Chinmoy Two mile races, Tuesday, by winning in 9:20 over the Flushing Meadow course. Gauthier was second in 9:33."