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He’ll Take a Mile

January 30, 2012

One man's quest to put running's iconic distance back on track

By David Epstein, Sports Illustrated

Two years ago Ryan Lamppa was at the Santa Barbara City College track when the idea came to him: Bring back the Mile.

Since the early 1980s, all new tracks built in the country have been 400 meters, as opposed to the traditional 440 yards. Thus, nearly every high school's four-lap race is now 1600 meters, nine meters short of a Mile. "Along with the marathon, the Mile is the one distance that people actually know," says Lamppa, 52, a former 4:11 miler and founder of the non-profit Running USA wire news service.

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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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