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Magic of the Mile

May 15, 2014

Media director of Running USA and BBTM Founder, Ryan Lamppa, is determined to bring the Mile back into prominence

By John Zant, Santa Barbara Independent

Roger Bannister broke through the 4-minute barrier in the Mile run on May 6, 1954. It remains the most memorable performance in track history. Yet it is rare now to see a Mile run at a track meet. The 1500 meters, a relic of the days there were 500-meter tracks, remains the comparable Olympic distance. In the conversion of tracks from 440 yards to 400 meters, most high school federations have substituted the 1600-meter run for the Mile. A 4-minute 1600 is fast but not fast enough, because a Mile is 1609 meters.

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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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