Since the Bring Back the Mile launch in January 2012, the Mile's profile & footprint have notably 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 charts below reflect The BBTM Effect.
CHART 1 note:
With many more on-site races in 2021 vs. 2020, prize money made a nice comeback too, nearly quadrupling, increasing to $382,210 compared to $104,350 in 2020. Excluding the two pandemic years, since 2012, prize money at Mile events has grown by more than $485,000 or 350%.
CHART 2 note:
In 2021, a record 36 U.S. men ran their first sub-4 minute Mile on the track, and for the 16th consecutive year, the first sub-4 U.S. annual number again reached double digits with an average of 24 first-timers and 40% of the 598 total over the past decade since BBTM’s 2012 launch compared to only 7 per year from 1957-2011, while nine U.S. women ran their first sub-4:30 track Mile (second most ever to the record 10 in 2016), and since 2012, first-time U.S. women to this select club have averaged nearly 6 per year compared to only 1 per year from 1975-2011, or in other words, 60% of the overall total (56 women out of 93) have been run since 2012!
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SOURCE: Bring Back the Mile
Also, another example of The BBTM Effect, since 2015, seven U.S. high school boys, out of 12 overall, have clocked a sub-4 minute Mile!
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