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Wonderful, Magical, Magnificent Mile!

September 20, 2014

Other Mile races will increase awareness and participation the old saying goes – “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

By Teri Saylor, Running Journal

When I was in college, all freshmen were required to pass a physical education exam that ensured we could swim, tread water or float for 10 minutes and run a 10-minute Mile. While I was an active kid, I was not very athletic, so I was as nervous about the freshman sports challenges as an English major in a chemistry lab.

I trained for an entire semester to make it. Colleges and universities mostly did away with those requirements, but thanks to a team of runners and journalists, the Mile is making a comeback.

Bring Back the Mile aims to replace the 1500 and 1600 high school middle distances with a true Mile – 1,760 yards, and also to promote the Mile and to encourage Americans to include a Mile run in their everyday exercise routines.

The group’s website describes the Mile in poetic terms: “magic, iconic, classic and timeless.” And here in Raleigh, we have our own description: “popular.”

The popularity of the Mile race in Raleigh is due to the imagination and hard work of a handful of folks, a couple of quirky races, and one revered Englishman who set the bar for a fast Mile pretty darn high.

Here are their stories.

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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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