Mile News

Bring Back the Mile

April 02, 2014

Two years ago, former track athlete Ryan Lamppa launched the movement 'Bring Back the Mile: America's Distance'. Here are FOUR reasons why he might just be getting somewhere.

By SPIKES Magazine

1. The Mile movement

"Here in America we eat, sleep and think in miles. Not kilometers. The distance is deeply embedded in our culture," says Ryan Lamppa. "We are not trying to insult the British by calling it 'America’s Distance'. Great Britain is the 'home of the Mile'."

The movement is very popular. Lamppa can count former U.S. Mile record holder Steve Scott, running broadcaster Toni Reavis and former world record holder Jim Ryun among his supporters.

"Jim said to me: 'One, it is a great idea, I like it. Secondly and most importantly: how can I help?'"

World and Olympic 1500m medalists Leo Manzano, Jenny Simpson and Matthew Centrowitz are also hugely supportive of Bring Back the Mile (BBTM).

"Half of our Facebook audience are under-30, so young people get the Mile too,” says Lamppa. “The Mile is universally liked and people want to follow the Mile."

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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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