Group seeks higher profile for the Mile
By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer
It's the race that cemented Roger Bannister's name into history and the distance that everyday runners use to gauge their progress and pace.
Yet, over the years, the Mile has been cut out of most mainstream track meets, replaced by metric numbers that don't have nearly the same meaning, at least to Americans.
A grass-roots group of runners led by Ryan Lamppa, who once ran the Mile in 4:11, want to change that. The group called Bring Back the Mile has sprouted on the Internet and elsewhere. Their goal: To make the Mile the standard for middle-distance running and, while they're at it, maybe bring some passion back to a portion of their sport that has lost some of its pizazz over the years.
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