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Volunteer Track Classic Embraces Running a Mile

April 19, 2012

By Dave Link, Knoxville News Sentinel

There was a time when the mile run was the signature event in track and field meets in the United States and around the world.

It may have reached a peak on May 16, 1971, when Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori were paired against each other in the first "Dream Mile" in Philadelphia, which was won by Liquori by a fraction of a second.

Over the years, the mile run has lost much of its luster. It has been replaced in high school track by the 1,600-meter run.

"The problem is that in the United States, except for Massachusetts, high schoolers do not run the mile," said Dave Monico of Santa Barbara, Calif., who leads a push to bring back the mile run. "They run, for many of them, the 1,600 meters, which is 9 meters short of a mile. That is something that is not only very confusing to everyone, but it is also a distance that is not recognized internationally, whereas the mile still is recognized internationally."

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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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