Since the Bring Back the Mile launch in January 2012, the Mile's profile & footprint have increased along with event prize money and the number of American men & women breaking for the first time the recognized benchmarks: Sub-4 & Sub-4:30. The interactive tables below reflect this: The BBTM Effect.

CHART 1 note:
In 2018, at least 40 competitive Miles debuted, awarding more than $70,000 in new prize money with $20,000 at the Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown in Las Vegas and $14,000 at the Guardian Mile in Cleveland.

CHART 2 note:
In 2018, an annual record 29 U.S. men ran their first sub-4 minute Mile on the track, and as a result, for the 13th consecutive year, the first sub-4 U.S. annual number again hit double digits with an average of 23 first-timers since BBTM’s 2012 launch compared to 7 per year from 1957-2011. Four U.S. women recorded their first sub-4:30 track Mile, and since 2012, first-time U.S. women to this select club have averaged 6 per year compared to 1 per year from 1975-2011.

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SOURCE: Bring Back the Mile

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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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