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Blue Shoes Mile returns

April 13, 2012

Top athletes race at Furman’s track on Saturday

By Mike Foley,

Across the nation, there’s a call to arms — uh, legs — to bring back the Mile.

The movement, videos and a web ite ( led to new Mile races. Older races are being revitalized, and odd distances — 1500 meters, or worse, 1600 meters — that had come into vogue to supplant the traditional Mile are being replaced.

Furman University was ahead of this change back in 2007 when it launched the Blue Shoes Mile. On Saturday, the school hosts the sixth annual showcase of elite Milers that has boasted several sub-4 minute Miles in its history. The race begins at noon and serves as a transition between the annual Furman Invitational’s high school track & field events in the morning and the college events in the afternoon.

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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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