Mile News

Bolas, Kampf Defend Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour Titles

September 13, 2015

Grand prix tour with 4 stops awarded more than $80,000 plus $7500 GP purse; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for second edition

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf defended their Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour titles with 16 and 26 points, respectively, and each GP champion earned $2000. BBTM, launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the storied distance. The second Tour edition opened January 31 at the Camel City Indoor Mile, part of the Hilton Garden Innvitational track meet in Winston-Salem, N.C. and the finale was again hosted by the Minnesota Mile on Sunday, September 13 in Duluth, Minn.

“We heartily congratulate Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf as the BBTM Tour Grand Prix Tour 2015 champions, and this year’s Tour produced great performances and thrilling races as well as event and state records,” said BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa. “For our Tour 2015, we thank and salute the athletes, the events and our sponsor Running Warehouse for elevating and celebrating the Mile.”

BBTM GP Tour 2015 champions and highlights:
3rd Camel City Elite Mile
Winston-Salem, NC, Saturday, January 31
Cory Leslie (USA / SC), 3:56.99, event record, North Carolina State indoor record and absolute state record
Shannon Rowbury (USA / OR), 4:22.66, event record, North Carolina State indoor record and absolute state record

10th Medtronic TC 1 Mile: USA Championship
Minneapolis, MN, Thursday, May 14
Garrett Heath (USA / WA), 4:09
Heather Kampf (USA / MN), 4:46

4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
Pittsburgh, PA, Friday, July 31
Jordan McNamara (USA / OR), 3:59, tied event record
Heather Kampf (USA / MN), 4:33, clinched BBTM GP Tour title

9th Minnesota Mile
Duluth, MN, Sunday September 13
Jack Bolas (USA / NJ), 4:07
Gabriele Gruenwald (USA / MN), 4:38

The total prize purse for the Tour events exceeded $80,000 plus $7500 for the Grand Prix purse. Per Tour event per gender, the top 6 scored points (10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1) with the top 4 Grand Prix scorers earning GP money ($2000, $1000, $500 and $250).

BBTM GP Tour 2015 Final Standings

1) Jack Bolas (NJ), 16 points, $2000
2) Jeff See (SC), 12 points, $1000
3) Cory Leslie (SC), 10 points, $250
3) Garrett Heath (WA), 10 points, $250
3) Jordan McNamara (OR), 10 points, $250

1) Heather Kampf (MN), 26 points, $2000
2) Gabriele Grunewald (MN), 18 points, $1000
3) Shannon Rowbury (OR), 10 points, $500
4) Morgan Uceny (MA), 8 points, $85
4) Rebecca Addison (MI), 8 points, $85
4) Monicah Ngige (KEN), 8 points, $85

The Running Warehouse “Pick-the-Winner” online contest again offered unique fan engagement at each Tour stop. HOW IT WORKED: the person who picked the men’s or women’s winner at a Tour event had their name put into a random drawing for a pair of shoes from the Running Warehouse. In addition, BBTM gear was awarded to those “Pick-the-Winner” entrants who were the closest to the winning times at each Tour event.

Visit or contact for more BBTM Grand Prix Tour news.

About Bring Back the Mile
The Mile holds a special place in Track & Field and beyond because no running distance, or field event for that matter, has the history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile. The first sub-4 minute Mile by Great Britain’s Roger Bannister in 1954 is regarded as the greatest individual athletic achievement of the 20th century (see Forbes November 18, 2005 article HERE), and no other event has produced an equivalent of the captivating sub-4 minute Mile standard in the sport, in the media and in the public’s mind.

The Bring Back the Mile mission is: To return the Mile to prominence on the sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a national movement.

Tags: shannon rowbury (61) , ryan lamppa (110) , rebecca addison (2) , morgan uceny (55) , minnesota mile (32) , medtronic tc 1 mile (50) , jordan mcnamara (45) , jeff see (6) , jack bolas (31) , heather kampf (131) , gnc live well liberty mile (69) , garrett heath (40) , gabriele grunewald (46) , cory leslie (18) , camel city mile (16) , bbtm tour (196) , bbtm news (207)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!