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Brandon Hudgins, in the red singlet, breaks four minutes in the mile for the first time at the Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh in August 2015.

Jamestown's Brandon Hudgins will compete in a mile race Saturday for the first time in a year and a half, and he'll do it on a big stage.

Hudgins will be part of the men's mile at 2:47 p.m. at the historic Armory in New York City. 

"Competing at the Millrose Games is a dream come true," Hudgins wrote in an email this afternoon. "It's the oldest track and field meet in the world, started in 1914. It's the best athletes in the world gathered in one small building in the biggest city in the world.

"I'm excited to race and share my story on that stage. It's been a very long 18 months battling my vasculitis since my last professional mile race, and I can't wait to be buried in the group and racing where I belong."

Nine of the 12 runners in the field have broken four minutes in the mile. Hudgins achieved the mark with a 3:59.67 in the Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh in August 2015. Seven runners went sub-4:00 in meets last weekend, pushing to 501 the number of U.S. runners to have broken the magical barrier. 

The men's mile is a prelude to the famed Wannamaker Mile, scheduled for 5:50 p.m. during the TV coverage window (4-6 p.m.) on NBC's WXII-12.

Contact Eddie Wooten at (336) 373-7093, and follow @EddieWootenNR on Twitter.

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