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The Navy Mile brings prestigious distance, elite runners back to Pennsylvania Avenue

October 01, 2015

"The Mile is something that means a lot to a lot of people... every city should have a Mile event... sprinkled across the country so that people could participate in the Mile every week if they wanted to.”

By Kelyn Soong, Washington Post

Donnie Cowart glanced at the clock across the field at Meredith College before thrusting both arms in the air as he crossed the finish line. It was just 48 hours earlier that he woke up feeling sick and unable to eat, but after running one of the best races of his life at the Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, N.C., last year, Cowart could hardly stop smiling.

He had just become the 425th American to run a sub-4 minute Mile.

“It really didn’t hit me until a couple days later,” Cowart said about running the Mile in a personal record time of 3 minutes, 58.43 seconds. “I was like, ‘All right, you really did that and it can’t be taken away.’”

Cowart, a standout runner at Virginia Military Institute from 2004 to 2009, will be one of the elite runners lining up Sunday morning on Pennsylvania Avenue for the inaugural The Navy Mile in Northwest Washington. The Bring Back the Mile featured event, which benefits the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Safe Harbor Foundation and the Navy Memorial, will kick off the U.S. Navy’s 240th birthday week.

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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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