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Why running the Mile is still the perfect distance

December 15, 2017

It’s interesting how the Mile has always stood the test of time, still embraced worldwide, an anomaly alongside the standard Olympic distances.

By Sonia O'Sullivan for The Irish Times

There’s really only one good way to get warm in this weather, and that’s to go for a run.

Last Monday I woke up early, still buzzing from the Coronas concert I had attended in the Olympia the night before, and knowing there were still sub-zero temperatures outside.

So I found myself nursing an espresso, answering emails, as I waited for daylight and my chance to run through the laneways leading to Seán Moore Park in Sandymount for a sunrise run along the seafront towards the Great South Wall.

It was a glorious morning, and one of those days that you feel like you are gliding along the footpaths, and racing through the park, until you catch a glimpse of reality as the Garmin beeps and announces your pace as each kilometer ticks by.

It was certainly cold, minus 4 degrees, and I had on just one thin layer of Lycra, a winter headband to keep my ears warm and gloves with my fingers pulled up into a fist to keep warm. It just about did the trick.

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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.

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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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