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Subject: RE: bring back the mile campaign
This is correct. Most people identify with the mile and the marathon. One of the premier European meets in Oslo used to feature the "Dream Mile," and all of the big guns used to aim for that race. I can remember Cram breaking the WR there as well as Joe Falcon's incredible come-from-behind sub-3:50 win. Peter Elliott too, among others. That was THE race to go for a fast time. It was called the DREAM MILE for heaven's sake. As far as I know, it still is, though not as heavily profiled anymore.
In any event, let's not pretend that the rest of the world ONLY cares about the metric system or that this is even relevant to the discussion. I might become more interested in track if the mile was the featured event, and it would be great to see it start at the high school level. Garner the interest early.
One last point. You don't see 1500 meter road races. It's always the mile. I suspect you'd get much less of a draw if you promoted your event as the 1500. Even my non-running wife has a passing interest in the mile. She couldn't care less about the metric equivalent, because it means nothing to a non-track aficionado.
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