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Bring Back the Mile

March 07, 2013

By The Sporting Maniac

I grew up on a farm in Indiana and one of the things that I loved the most was that almost all of the country roads are in one Mile increments. This made it great when running or biking and it was awesome for giving directions to someplace. You always knew how far things were apart.

When I got into high school and joined the track team I became a distance runner and did the 1600 meters and 3200 meters. Not the Mile and two Mile. Meters. The difference is not a lot but it is still different.

No big deal, you say? Well, think about this: Our cars measure speed and distance in Miles. MapQuest/GoogleMaps/etc. all tell us how to get someplace in Miles. Highway signs tell us how far we have to go . . . in Miles. Our Garmin watches measure how far we run in . . . wait for it . . . Miles!

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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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