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2013: The Four Minute Mile is Under Attack

January 02, 2013

By Scott Bush, RunnerSpace

We're counting down five of our favorite topics to follow in the distance running world in 2013. The first is the push to break the four minute Mile from a trio of prep athletes. It's been nearly 50 years since there's been as much top-end depth in the event and we can't wait to see how many can push the magical mark.

2013 is here and there is much to be excited about as a distance running fan. The past few years have shown a rise in performance for U.S. distance runners across the board, as the professional, collegiate and prep levels have each showcased faster times and a deeper talent pool.

One of the most exciting events to follow in 2013 is the high school boys Mile. Since Alan Webb broke through with his sub-4 effort back in 2001, the four-minute barrier has seemed more vulnerable. While it took another 10 years for another prep to break it, when Lukas Verzbicas ran 3:59.71 in 2011, this year seems poised to perhaps become the first year in which multiple athletes break the mark.

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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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