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Bring Back the Mile

May 16, 2012

By Brett Hoover, Armory Track

Yesterday at a student career fair in Indianapolis, I ran into Scott Williams, an All-American and Big 10 champion while at Indiana University.

"Scott," I said. " A Columbia kid ran a 3:35 last night!"

After an ever brief pause, Williams responded, "Wow. That's like a 3:52!"

Ever appropriate, this conversation with conversion happened on the 47th anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break the four-minute Mile.

But you'd think that, well, the mile only means something to Boomers, you know? Folks who were born while John F. Kennedy was alive.

Until I watched an interview with Kyle Merber — who ran the time — on and he had the exact same thought as Williams.

Reliving the moment, Merber said afterward, "I didn't have it in perspective yet until I realized the Mile conversion. I guess the American — you know, you always think, 'What's your Mile time?' Once I realized, 'Whoa, that's a 3:52.' Then I thought something just happened."

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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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