Since the Bring Back the Mile launch in January 2012, the Mile's profile & footprint have increased along with event prize money and the number of American men & women breaking for the first time the recognized benchmarks: Sub-4 & Sub-4:30. The interactive charts below reflect this: The BBTM Effect.

CHART 1 note:
In 2019, there were at least 28 competitive inaugural Mile races, awarding more than $35,000 in new prize money led by the Virginia Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile ($30,400).

For the first year since BBTM’s launch, Mile event prize money declined year-to-year because four races with $105,000 combined purses in 2018 – Medtronic TC 1 Mile, Minnesota Mile, Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown and Mitchell Street Mile – either did not offer prize money (first two) or were cancelled (last two). Overall, prize money decreased from a record $678,020 in 2018 to $623,850 in 2019 (down 8%). Moreover, since 2012, prize money at Mile events has grown by more than $485,000 or 350%.

CHART 2 note:
In 2019, 23 U.S. men ran their first sub-4 minute Mile on the track, and as a result, for the 14th straight year, the first sub-4 U.S. annual number again reached double digits with an average of 23 first-timers in the past 8 years compared to only 7 per year from 1957-2011, while three U.S. women recorded their first sub-4:30 track Mile, and since 2012, first-time U.S. women to this select club have averaged 6 per year compared to only 1 per year from 1975-2011.

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SOURCE: Bring Back the 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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