The mile makes sense--it's a full unit of measure used by more countries than the United States, and it is still raced by many at international meets--people still care about racing the mile even if they don't car about "mileage."
USAnians Still Backwards wrote:
Add that if you like, but they're no more ridiculous than the mile and 2 mile distances in this day and age.
Got one even more stupid, I still hold the mile record at my high school (in Michgan) I went back a few year ago and they had it listed as a 1600 meter record, and had did the adjustment based upon what I ran the mile in.
northern boy wrote:
Michigan switched to yards in 1986 and threw out all previous state meet records. Ridiculous, but gave lots of kids a false sense of accomplishment!
Why race 100m and 200m (and 300m hurdles) if they aren't cleanly divisible by 400m? Do sprinters and hurdlers understand something that distance runners cannot? The mile makes zero sense on 400m tracks, period. Some (very few) countries still use furlongs and acres to measure, just like very few use the mile. Just because a handful of countries remain backwards doesn't mean that it makes sense for the distance to be artificially supported in sport. How much do the Pre Mile and Oslo's Golden Mile really rate on the world scene anymore? Very little, strangely enough. How often is the 1500m contested internationally compared to the mile? Quite a bit more, oddly enough.
1600 meters makes total sense if we ran races like 400, 800, 1600...and 6400 (almost 2.5 mi) or 10,000--the only distance race cleanly divisible by 400m. 400 meter increments make sense if you carry them all the way through.
The 1500m and 3000m races make most sense on 500m tracks which are not used today. If you like the 1500m, then why an 800m race? Why not go 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m? No matter how you shake it up, it's all very arbitrary.
The origin of the mile has nothing to do with the metric system. In 1592 it was decreed by the British Parliament that a mile was 8 furlongs. A furlong was 220 yards. A yard was the arbitrary, but standardized length of a sash worm by Nobleman.
no moo here wrote:
The length ofthe mile is based on the meter so we are already metric just in a vey odd way. I would rather see metric ditances on metric tracks and Imperial distance on Imperial tracks. Even the trades are going metric as time goes on.