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Tri-Cities Track Classic Coming to Tipton Stadium

February 20, 2013

By Madison Mathews, Johnson City Press

If you build it, they will come.

That’s the logic being put toward the inaugural Tri-Cities Track Classic, which will be held April 19-20 at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium.

The massive stadium features a nine-lane oval track that rivals most collegiate facilities, and meet organizers plan to utilize Science Hill’s facilities to host high school athletes from more than eight states during the two-day event...

...The track meet has also been named a part of the Bring Back the Mile national tour. Bring Back the Mile is a national movement that seeks to bring back the Mile run as part of track and field events.

The Mile run will be named after Ray Flynn, an Olympian and East Tennessee State University graduate.

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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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