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What’s the point if it’s not a good old-fashioned American Mile?

January 12, 2016

There should be no debate about the need for the American high school system to get it right once and for all.

Dan Engler, Verde Independent

We Americans may buy our gas by the gallon and push our cars to the limits of Miles per hour, but the human standard for distance vs. time is measured in meters.

Forty years ago, American track & field began the conversion from contesting races in yards and Miles to meters and kilometers. The rationale was to create a universal standard for the sport. If you can't beat 'em, then you might as well join the metric world.

All these years later, a lot of folks think it was a bad idea.

That's especially true of an organization called "Bring Back the Mile," which has succeeded in convincing college coaches in America to petition the NCAA to replace the 1500 meter run in its national championship with the good old-fashioned Mile.

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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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