I Have No Way to Compare Myself to the Greats

March 13, 2014

Andrew Huitt is a 1600m runner from Jesuit High School in Northern California. He recently joined the Bring Back the Mile movement in hopes of being able to one day compare himself to his heroes.  If you'd like to share your story, become a Mile Maniac and click on the Join the Movement button above.

By Andrew Huitt

I am a student at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California. I started running Cross Country and Track my freshman year and it has helped me to create some of my best memories. I love the Mile because it is the real deal, and of its historical significance to our sport.

I am a high school Miler who runs the 1600 meters. The sad thing is that I have no way to compare myself to the greats such as Prefontaine and Bannister, because there are no opportunities for me to run a full Mile. The fact that I can't compare myself to my idols or inspirations, really pushes me away from the sport. And it pushes me away from others outside of the sport. No one ever asks: "What do you run for the 1600?" They ask what do I run for the Mile. I feel guilty or even bad because I feel like I am lying, just saying my 1600 personal best. I would love a chance to race a full mile.

BRING BACK THE MILE!

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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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