Iconic distance to be celebrated with 13 events and an end-of-year gala
Mile mania is set to continue as Bring Back the Mile has announced ‘Tour 13′, a 13-event tour of the United States culminating with an end-of-year gala.
The group, which campaigns to bring back the mile into the main athletics calendar, hopes to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance with its inaugural year of events.
The tour opens on Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston and at the Camel City Indoor Mile, part of the Hilton Garden Invitational collegiate track meet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“From Boston to Santa Barbara and stops in-between, the Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 will provide an excellent platform to further promote the distance that Americans ‘get’ and love,” said Bring Back The Mile founder Ryan Lamppa.
“Each event on the tour will engage and entertain runners of all ages and abilities, the media, fans and the general public, and we welcome and thank all the inaugural tour events. Go Mile, America’s distance!”
Following this weekend’s events, the tour will move on to the Millrose Games in New York and the Tri-Cities Track Classic: Ray Flynn Mile in Johnson City, before heading to Minneapolis, St Louis, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Arlington, Charlevoix, Pittsburgh, Falmouth and Dulut.
The ‘Evening with a Miler Gala’ is set to take place in Santa Barbara in the autumn.
“The Mile holds a special place in Track & Field and beyond because no running distance, or field event for that matter, has the history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile,” said the announcement. “The first sub-4 minute Mile by Great Britain’s Roger Bannister in 1954 is regarded as the greatest individual athletic achievement of the 20th century, and no other event has produced an equivalent of the sub-4 minute Mile standard in the sport, in the media and in the public’s mind.
“Over the past decade-plus, unfortunately, the Mile has lost some of its luster, and thus, the Bring Back the Mile mission is: To return the Mile to prominence on the American sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a national movement.”
Last weekend saw Galen Rupp attempt to break the American record at the distance at the Terrier Invitational meeting in Boston. Find out how he got on here.