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Bring back the Mile to prep track

April 06, 2016

At no level should the coveted 4 minute mark be as significant today as it is for the high school runner.

By Jon Gast, The Advocate

Go to a high school track meet and there’s a good chance you’ll hear something remarkable. Runners, and even coaches, will find themselves referring to the Mile run.

It reflects just how much “the Mile” is ingrained into the American running culture even though the Mile run has nearly disappeared from the high school event list, especially here in Wisconsin.

Last June marked the 50th anniversary of what perhaps is the greatest high school athletic achievement that has ever taken place in this country.

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Jim Ryun has run the most sub-4 minute Mile races for a high schooler, five (5), including the first sub-4 in a high school-only race and the only state meet sub-4 (3:58.3 at the 1965 Kansas State Meet, photo above).

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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.

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