Highlights of national promotional tour of iconic distance include thrilling races and numerous meet, U.S. Junior, NCAA, course and State records; $120,000 awarded to top Milers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (September 12, 2013) – The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013, showcasing 14 events nationwide, produced exciting Mile racing throughout the year including the Tour finale at the Minnesota Mile on Sunday, September 8 where Americans Ben Blankenship and Gabriele Anderson shattered course records, clocking 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds and 4:21.3, respectively, and running the fastest Miles ever in Minnesota. Bring Back the Mile (BBTM), launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance.
“The first Bring Back the Mile Tour exceeded our expectations, with numerous thrilling Tour event finishes and record or near record number of participants for virtually every Tour event as well as many national, NCAA, state and event records were set,” BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa said. “The Tour events, which awarded $120,000 in prize money, and the top Milers inspired, engaged and entertained runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we look forward to bringing back the Tour in 2014 to create more Mile magic.”
Course records for Coe and female Masters champion Cindy Abrami; Steve Harding, Brittany Bruden take unofficial World Championship Dog Mile titles
By Bring Back the Mile
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (June 2, 2013) – At the 14th Platinum Performance State Street Mile in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara on Sunday morning, Michael Coe from Oakland, CA and Katja Goldring from Los Angeles took home titles in 3 minutes, 49 seconds and 4:35, respectively, plus $500 as race champions. Coe, 29, the first Santa Barbara County athlete to break 4 minutes in the track Mile, also earned a $250 bonus for a course record (previous record was 3:52 set in 2007 by Mike Chavez).
"What a great day for the Mile! At our 14th edition of the Platinum Performance State Street Mile, we witnessed national class and course record performances and plenty of smiles and happy runners,” said race director Megan Rheinschild.
Santa Barbara-area runners have a chance to race with their best friend at Platinum Performance State Stree Mile, the unofficial world Dog Mile championship
May 31, 2013
By Duncan Larkin, Competitor.com
This Sunday, two-legged and four-legged runners will take to the scenic streets of downtown Santa Barbara to take part in the 14th Platinum Performance State Street Mile.
As part of the festivities is the “Dog Mile,” which, according to event, is the unofficial canine championship for that distance.
Unofficial World Championship for the Dog Mile in beautiful Santa Barbara; humans welcome too; SBAA Grand Prix event; seventh stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013; race proceeds go to Crime Victim Emergency Fund
May 22, 2013
The 14th Platinum Performance State Street Mile, to be held in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara on Sunday, June 2, is not only an event for children and adults, but also dogs. The event features a Dog Mile, the unofficial world championship for man’s best friend and the iconic distance.
February 8, 2013
By Presidio Sports
Santa Barbara’s Ryan Lamppa has always thought that the Mile distance deserves more credit. Once a showcase in American sports, the Mile has gradually slipped from prominence in running competitions throughout the country.
Molly the Edhat Dog breaks down her 2010 State Street Dog Mile experience
June 6, 2010
By The Edhat Dog
It's not easy being the Edhat Dog.
There's the fame that comes with being on all those splash pages, the pressure of picking the winners of important Edhat contests like March Edness. And of course, the constant training I have to do to be in shape for the annual State Street Dog Mile.
It's possible that this year I over trained for the State Street Mile. And certainly, though my carbo-loading the night before was perfect, my head wasn't in the right place before the race. Instead of staying calm and collected, I barked and pranced. I was anxious to avenge my leash-losing performance from 2009. Even though I came in first last year, my handler was left far behind.