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Bring Back the Mile Marks First Year

January 16, 2013

National movement to elevate and celebrate storied distance to expand beachhead in 2013; first-year anniversary contest ends Sunday, January 20, 2013

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (January 16, 2013) – On Friday, January 18, Bring Back the Mile, launched with a YouTube trailer video called “I am the Mile”, will mark its first year, and the national movement to elevate and celebrate the storied distance plans to create more “buzz” and expand its beachhead in the coming year.

“Our Year One objectives were to showcase the Mile, to remind people how special the Mile was and is, and moreover, to create a foundation to further promote the most recognized and relatable distance in the sport and beyond, and we accomplished all three in 2012,” said Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile Founder. “With the athletes, events, sponsors, supporters and fans, we expect 2013 to be a banner year for the Mile.”

Amongst its accomplishments in the first year, BBTM connected with athletes young and old, prep and pro, who shared stories about what the Mile means to them.

BBTM's Four Focus Areas

Promotion: Supporting events, athletes and participants to make the most of every Mile.

Outreach: Connecting with Mile Maniacs, the media, fans and the general public who have an emotional connection with the storied distance.

History: Sharing the "magic" of the Mile as well as the stories of those who made and make it great.

Lobbying: To replace the misfit 1600 meters with the Mile at the high school level through our state federation petition.

  • Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, in a 4 Minutes with a Miler interview, on his first sub-4 minute Mile:
    "That was unreal. It was unreal to me; it was unreal to my teammates. I remember just coming across the finish line just wondering if I had broke it. There was a moment, a ten-second moment between the time I finished and the time I was looking at the clock and it just seemed forever. Then it came up and it was flashing 3:59.82 or .84 I believe. Then the crowd went crazy and my teammates rushed me. They picked me up and just went crazy."
  • World 1500m Champion Jenny Simpson, in a 4 Minutes with a Miler interview, on her desire to run more Miles:
    "...That’s one of the things that is exciting about the potential of the Mile coming back and being more of a regular event. I feel like all the time, people ask me, 'What’s your fastest time in the Mile?' And I have to say, 'Well I run the 15 and that’s like 109 meters short of a Mile, but I run this time and it’s probably around this time'. There’s just so much explaining to do. It would be really exciting to get out and compete against the best Milers in the country in a real Mile."
  • Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden summarizing his most memorable Mile in 359 words:
    "I won the race in 4:21.2, which made me forever faster than slow runners and forever slower than fast runners...But the best part was owning a number that would always be meaningful to anyone who asked."
  • Prep Mile phenom Bernie Montoya stated afte the Nike ELITE Mile at the 2012 Olympic Trials - "I hope they bring (the Mile) back; it's what people get." And the women of the Sowalkfast Club sent in this great photograph along with stating - "we were sold on your effort and started the campaign process to Bring Back the Mile. We're all about getting the High Schools back on the right track!"

In honor of BBTM’s first year, the #IAMTHEMILE Anniversary Video Contest was announced in December 2012, and submissions must be received by Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:31pm EST. Grand prize is a $359 gift certificate plus four $35.94 runner-up gift certificates from Running Warehouse and a feature on To submit your photos and videos as well as for complete contest details click here.


About Bring Back the Mile
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 (see Forbes November 18, 2005 article HERE), 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.

Over the past decade, unfortunately, the Mile has lost some of its luster, and thus, 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.

Contact for more BBTM information.

Tags: tim layden (9) , ryan lamppa (110) , leo manzano (107) , jenny simpson (138) , bernie montoya (14)

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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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