I Feel Robbed of Nine Meters

February 03, 2014

Thomas Bennink of Rock Hill High School in South Carolina recently joined the Bring Back the Mile movement and in the "What does the Mile mean to you?" section left us a comment that grabbed our attention. His thoughts are why we started the national campaign. If you'd like to share your story you can do so by becoming a Mile Maniac - click on the Join the Movement button above.

By Thomas Bennink - @tbenn_

I attend Rock Hill High School in South Carolina and I am a member of our Cross Country and Track & Field team.

I feel robbed of the nine meters that I do not get in the 1600m race.

When people ask me my Mile time I have to tell them my 1600m PR because my school does not offer the full Mile and I feel deceitful or feel like I'm just giving myself the extra couple seconds. My 1600 PR is 4:41 and I plan on running 4:20 this year, which Is my junior year.

This is my favorite event and I would l would love to have the extra nine meters. 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.

ELEVATE
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.

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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.

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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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