Highlights of national promotional tour of iconic distance include thrilling races and numerous meet, U.S. Junior, NCAA, course and State records; $120,000 awarded to top Milers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (September 12, 2013) – The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013, showcasing 14 events nationwide, produced exciting Mile racing throughout the year including the Tour finale at the Minnesota Mile on Sunday, September 8 where Americans Ben Blankenship and Gabriele Anderson shattered course records, clocking 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds and 4:21.3, respectively, and running the fastest Miles ever in Minnesota. Bring Back the Mile (BBTM), launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance.
“The first Bring Back the Mile Tour exceeded our expectations, with numerous thrilling Tour event finishes and record or near record number of participants for virtually every Tour event as well as many national, NCAA, state and event records were set,” BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa said. “The Tour events, which awarded $120,000 in prize money, and the top Milers inspired, engaged and entertained runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we look forward to bringing back the Tour in 2014 to create more Mile magic.”
August 23, 2013
Blankenship, Kampf capture road Mile titles at 13th stop of inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Ross Maghielse, MLive.com
FLINT, Mich. -- A pair of former University of Minnesota track stars took home top honors at the first-ever Crim Michigan Mile Racing Series Friday evening, Aug. 23, downtown Flint.
Ben Blankenship won the men’s division of the Professional Mile by nearly a photo finish, sprinting ahead down the stretch to finish with a time of 4 minutes, 5.59 seconds, edging Jack Bolas and Nathan Brannen. Following shortly was Heather Kampf, taking the women’s Professional Mile title in 4:47.27. Each race champion earned $2000.
August 21, 2013
The Michigan Mile Race Series, part of the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, will be held on Friday, August 23 in Flint, MI. The Michigan Mile is the 13th stop on the BBTM Tour 2013 and features a new Friday night start time as well as a $10,000 total prize purse for the professional Men and Women.
We sat down with Flint native and first year race director, Andrew Younger, to discuss innovating after 30-plus years, 'Run Flint' and The Crim Fitness Foundation. It is exactly these types of events that can not only showcase how impactful the running community can be, but also in turn how impactful a community can be on the participants.
August 5, 2013
$10,000 prize purse for iconic distance; 13th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013; also inaugural High School Challenge
FLINT, Mich. -- Elite short-distance runners will get their own showcase stage in Flint this summer.
The Crim Festival of Races is moving the Michigan Mile event from Saturday to Friday, giving it a prime time slot and removing it from the shadows of the Crim’s famed 10-mile course. While the Michigan Mile is open to all runners and walkers, two heats have been set aside specifically for competitive runners.
June 14, 2013
Top professional field expected at 13th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour; $10,000 prize purse; also new course
FLINT, Mich. – The Crim Fitness Foundation has announced a new date and course for the Michigan Mile. The event, part of the 2013 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, is set for Friday, August 23 following the Lois Craig Invitational of the Michigan Special Olympics.
This date change will make it easier for more runners and walkers to participate in this increasingly popular event that features the only “Block M” medal for race finishers. The Mile race welcomes athletes of varying fitness levels, from competitive high school and collegiate track athletes to those just starting to run or walk.
June 11, 2013
Highlights of national promotional tour of iconic distance include meet, U.S. Junior, NCAA, course and State records; Footloose Freedom Mile on Thursday, July 4 next stop
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (June 11, 2013) – The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013, which features 14 events nationwide and one end-of-the-year gala, has reached the halfway point with plenty of highlights and Mile action. Bring Back the Mile (BBTM), launched in January 2012, is a national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance.
“To-date, the Bring Back the Mile Tour has generated some thrilling racing and also produced numerous Mile records in several categories,” said BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa. “Without a doubt, the Tour events have engaged and entertained runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we look forward to the second half of the BBTM Tour 2013 and more Mile excitement.”