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Bring Back the Mile!

February 27, 2013

Runners find renewed appreciation for the iconic distance.

By Mackenzie Lobby, Innovation for Endurance

Not many sports have it: It's what Ryan Lamppa calls the "Roger Bannister moment." Bannister was the first person to break the 4:00-minute Mile on May 6, 1954 on Oxford's Iffley Road Track, finishing in 3:59.4. It was that moment, after decades of debate about whether it was humanly possible to cover 5,280 feet in under 4:00 minutes, that made Bannister an icon in the annals of sporting history.

While many others have since broken 4:00-minutes, Bannister's name is the one evoked by people who know little else about running. Indeed, when Forbes Magazine looked at the greatest individual athletic achievements of all time, a panel of experts from all corners of sports voted Bannister's sub 4:00-minute Mile to be the most significant.

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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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