Mile News Tagged State Guide


State Mile Guide: #49 Alaska

July 22, 2014

Date of Statehood: January 3, 1959
Capital: Juneau
Motto: North to the Future

Alaska is one of only a handful of states in which no native athlete has broken the 4 minute Mile barrier on its soil. Trevor Dunbar became the first Alaskan to break four, breaking the beam in 3:59.06 in Portland,...

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State Mile Guide: #34 Kansas

April 25, 2014

Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
Capital: Topeka
Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulty)

Kansas’ state motto, “To the stars through difficulty,” perfectly encapsulates the feelings of those that struggle to realize a dream, and in particular their running dreams. The...

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State Mile Guide: #47 New Mexico

April 08, 2014

Date of Statehood: January 6, 1912
Capital: Santa Fe
Motto: Crescit eundo (It grows as it goes)

New Mexico, land of diverse culture, world class unique cuisine and arresting beauty is also one of the most prolific training environments for runners in the world. The average elevation of the...

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State Mile Guide: #9 New Hampshire

September 19, 2013

Date of Statehood: June 21, 1788
Capital: Concord
Motto: Live Free or Die

New Hampshire may be one of the smallest states in the Union, but the Live Free or Die state has produced some oversized talents. One of the best American female Milers ever, Lynn Jennings, was a Granite Stater and...

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State Mile Guide: #8 South Carolina

September 12, 2013

Date of Statehood: May 23, 1788
Capital: Columbia
Mottos: Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope) / Animis opibusque parati (Ready in soul and resource)

South Carolina Milers are led by 1992 Olympian, Terrance Herrington, who competed at 1500 meters in Barcelona. Herrington, a Hartsville...

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State Mile Guide: #7 Maryland

May 02, 2013

Date of Statehood: April 28, 1778
Capital: Annapolis
Motto: Fatti maschii, parole femine (Strong Deeds, Gentle Words)

Marylanders may be sandwiched between a number of states, but this small American land mass is one of the most densely populated states home to great Milers. Leading the way...

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State Mile Guide: #6 Massachusetts

March 29, 2013

Date of Statehood: February 6, 1788
Capital: Boston
Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

Home to the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts has always had proud rebel attitude. In fact, thanks to the vision of the Massachusetts...

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State Mile Guide: #5 Connecticut

March 28, 2013

Date of Statehood: January 9, 1788
Capital: Hartford
Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)

The most profilic Nutmegger Miler in state history Jan Merrill set a U.S. Mile record in 1977, was a USA indoor Mile champion and a 1976 Olympian at 1500 meters. On the men's...

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State Mile Guide: #4 Georgia

March 21, 2013

Date of Statehood: January 2, 1788
Capital: Atlanta
Motto: Wisdom, Justice and Moderation

Home to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Peachtree State witnessed Mile legend Noureddine Morceli's 3:50.86 warm-up prior to the Games at the Atlanta Grand Prix, a U.S. All-Comer's Mile record at the time....

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State Mile Guide: #3 New Jersey

March 20, 2013

Date of Statehood: December 18, 1787
Capital: Trenton
Motto: Liberty and Prosperity

New Jersey is home to some of the fastest Miles on U.S. soil including Eamonn Coghlan's (IRL) U.S. indoor All-Comers record of 3:49.78 (and former world record) in 1983 (video) and Romanian Doina Melinte's...

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