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Can America ‘Bring Back the Mile’?

May 01, 2012

A grassroots movement to return the Mile to glory is picking up speed in the U.S.

By Charlie Kuhn, Running Times Magazine

It used to be that a good Mile race was one of the biggest attractions in sports. Decades ago, when track and field was one of the most popular sports in the country, top American Milers were heralded with the same reverence as top athletes in baseball, football and basketball.

The Mile is still an exciting race, but the distance has lost its luster. Part of the reason is that most high schools run the metric quasi-equivalent 1600m, while college runners might dabble with the Mile during the indoor season, but then primarily run the international standard 1500m outdoors. Few open international Mile races remain on the pro circuit.

A grassroots movement called Bring Back the Mile launched last winter to return the Mile to prominence. Doing so, the founders believe, will inspire more interest in American distance running, revive dedication to fitness among school-age kids and perhaps renew emphasis on community Mile races.

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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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