One of the country’s most popular single-event track meets, the Festival of Miles, held annually in St. Louis, is adding another day and four new races to this year’s lineup.

The new Riverfront Mile on June 3 will consist of four one-mile races for runners and walkers of all abilities, including the Strange Donuts Mile, which challenges participants to eat four donuts along the course. The races will be held on the Gateway Arch grounds and celebrate their grand re-opening, with an after-party at Laclede’s Landing.

“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we get people interested in this event that wouldn’t normally attend a road race?’ The donut mile was our answer,” Festival of Miles Foundation Board Member Ben Rosario told Competitor magazine. “Plus, June 3rd is National Donut Day!”

The Festival of Miles track meet will kick off on June 2 at St. Louis University High School and will include races for kids, the best high school runners in the country and Olympic-level professional athletes. Since 2008, The Festival of Miles Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for athletes in need. Get more information at