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An Open Love Letter to the Mile

February 14, 2012

Dear Mile:

You were our First Love from the time we set eyes on you; it's been a wonderful 100-plus years together. From the time Edward Merritt (USA) ran 4:43.8 in 1877 to Great Britian's Sir Roger Bannister's ground breaking first sub-4 minute Mile in 1954, we've been through it all. The 1960s brought us closer together with Jim Beatty's (USA) first sub-4 minute indoor Mile and the Golden Era that gave us Jim Ryun (USA), Peter Snell (New Zealand) and Marty Liquori (USA). And let's not forget the 1980s with Steve Scott (USA) and Mary Decker Slaney (USA). Yes, we've had our ups and downs (we're looking at you 1990s), but as the great Bob Dylan sang, 'the times they are a changin'. You will always be our First Love and we will look forward to our next 100 years together. You're still the One!

Yours Forever,

Bring Back the Mile
xoxo

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