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Second Installment of 4 Minutes with a Miler: Jenny Simpson

April 25, 2012

World Champion Jenny Simpson discusses the significance of the Mile and wanting to run more of them

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (April 25, 2012) – Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, presents its second installment with 2011 World Champion and 4:25.91 Miler, Jenny Simpson, who is based in Colorado Springs and coached by Juli Benson.

BBTM’s Duncan Larkin sat down with Simpson, 25, who recently built off of last year’s success by defending USA Indoor titles at 1500 meters and 3000 meters. In the lead-up to her 2012 Outdoor Track & Field season debut at the Drake Relays, Simpson, a 2008 Olympian, discusses the significance of the Mile in her life, her connection with Mile legend and BBTM supporter, Jim Ryun, and how exciting and fun it would be if there were more opportunities to run the Mile for women.

At, there is the complete Jenny Simpson podcast and transcript, in addition to its availability through YouTube and Apple’s iTunes Store. Future installments will feature top U.S. Milers as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

The Mile holds a special place in Track & Field and beyond because no running distance, or field event for that matter, has the history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile. The first sub-4 minute mile by Great Britain’s Roger Bannister in 1954 is regarded as the greatest individual athletic achievement of the 20th century, and no other event has produced an equivalent of the sub-4 minute Mile standard in the sport, in the media and in the public’s mind.

Unfortunately, the Mile has lost some of its luster over the past decade, and the Bring Back the Mile mission is: To return the Mile to prominence on the American sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a national movement.

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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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