The Butetown Mile is a 1-mile run, walk, jog, on Bute Street in Butetown, Cardiff.

This year the race will take place on Sunday 9th July 2023.

It is one of only three places in the world to host a straight mile road race alongside Fifth Avenue, New York, and the Champs-Elysees, Paris!

The Butetown Mile has two race categories:

Elite race – for runners who want to take on the mile in under 7 minutes. This event is held under Welsh Athletics regulations and entry is for over 18’s only.

Fun Run – for everyone else! Take on the mile at your own pace – people of all abilities and families welcome.

The route is from the top of Bute Street to Cardiff Bay, with the finish line at the back of the Millennium Centre. The course is straight, so a great opportunity for a personal best over 1-mille.

Butetown Mile route map

History of the Butetown Mile

Starting in the 1980’s and continuing until the 1990’s, the Butetown Mile began as an exciting event to bring the community together. However, due to the renovation and changes to the layout of Cardiff City and Cardiff Bay, the event had lost its momentum and the number of participants declined.

In 2013 Dr Sarah Fry, Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, reinstated the event and launched it in partnership with members of the community. Click here to read more about the 2016 event.

The Butetown Mile attracts, and is suitable for runners of all abilities. It is also a great way to engage with the community and make links with groups and individuals from different areas of Cardiff.