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Run This Race: The Monumental Mile

May 22, 2017

Celebrate the fact that you have run the most glorious distance in all of running!

By Jill Geer, ​Beyond Monumental

With all due respect to other distances, there are exactly three glamour events in running: The 100 meters, the Mile, and the marathon.

The marathon takes months to train for, can be foiled by an injury at any point, and a miscalculation or bad luck on race day can lead to heartbreak or hours of suffering, with no chance for redemption for another few months.  The 100 meters – at least for a person of my age – is likely to result in hospitalization for a lower-extremity rupture of some sort.

But the Mile – the sweet, sweet Mile … the Goldilocks of running … it’s not too hard, and not too soft. It’s juuuuuuuust right. For everybody.

In a running world gone mad over marathons, half-marathons and 10Ks, the greatest treasure in all of running lies right under your nose and at the northern cusp of Monument Circle: The Mile. Specifically, the Monumental Mile, which roars, jogs and walks down Meridian St. on Thursday, June 1 In downtown Indianapolis.

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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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