American Airlines Miami Mile

Amidst the tropical scenery of downtown Miami, Olympic Champions and World Record Holders met at American’s Premier Road Mile Event. The American Airlines Miami Mile! The Mile presented the finest in track and field superstars, with an impressive line-up including Florence Griffith Joyner (Triple Gold Medallists‚88), Fermin Cacho (1500m Gold-Barcelona ‚92), Peter Rono (1500m Gold-Seoul‚88), Bruce Jenner (Decathalon Gold-Montreal ‚76) and Steve Cram (Mile World Record Holder since ‚85).

Featuring a unique multi-race format, The Mile offered the general public more than four hours of non-stop running competition culminating with the elite finals. Thousands of runners and spectators provided corporate partners targeted marketing opportunities, while Olympic stars awed millions of television viewers locally, nationally, and internationally. The American Airlines Miami Mile went the extra mile for sponsors, the media, the community and invited every to join in at the starting line!

The StarArt Foundation worked closely with Mr. Peter Dolara, Senior Vice President of American Airlines, and commissioned Miami artist, Rick Garcia, to do the official poster for the American Airlines Miami Mile Race. Mr. Dolara was instrumental in providing the Foundation with resources necessary to produce the official poster for the race and also paid for the production of a huge 48’x 16’ canvas that was used at the race as part of the finish line display. Race week was filed with festivities including a special dinner and awards banquets held downtown at the Four Seasons Hotel, where several of the world-class runners signed a limited number of official American Airlines Miami Mile Posters. These posters have become part of the special sports collection that the StarArt Foundation has donated to selected charities.

On behalf of the Foundation I want to take this opportunity to extend to Mr. Peter Dolara and American Airlines our sincerest thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to provide the official artwork for the American Airlines Miami Mile Race. Without their uncompromising encouragement and corporate support we would not have had the great opportunity to participate in this exciting and historic moment in Miami sports history. My dear friend Rick Garcia has continue to create exciting and spectacular paintings that capture moments in a way that reflect spirit and life in motion. We want to extend our thanks and appreacation for his continued support and friendship and wish him continued success; he is truly one of a kind.

Rick Garcia - Official Artist of Miami Mile Poster -Commissioned by Thomas G. Abraham Founder StarArt Foundation for American Airlines at Miami Mile Race


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