Magic of the Mile
Media director of Running USA and BBTM Founder, Ryan Lamppa, is determined to bring the Mile back into prominence
By John Zant, Santa Barbara Independent
Roger Bannister broke through the 4-minute barrier in the Mile run on May 6, 1954. It remains the most memorable performance in track history. Yet it is rare now to see a Mile run at a track meet. The 1500 meters, a relic of the days there were 500-meter tracks, remains the comparable Olympic distance. In the conversion of tracks from 440 yards to 400 meters, most high school federations have substituted the 1600-meter run for the Mile. A 4-minute 1600 is fast but not fast enough, because a Mile is 1609 meters.
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