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Subject: RE: bring back the mile campaign
Bring Back The Mile wrote:
Here are just four reasons why this is a good idea: * Because America understands the "magic" of the Mile, particularly the sub-4 minute Mile. The Mile, like the 100 meters and the marathon, is a running event that most Americans know something about or have a general feeling for (even if you hated it in grade school).
* Because we sorely need to elevate and celebrate Track & Field, create heroes and inspire others to run as well as to create new fans in the sport.
*Because with the groundswell of Mile talent in the U.S. it's important that at every major international competition the USA has contenders for medals, particularly the Olympics.
*Because the 1500 meters, or worse, the misfit 1600 meters, do not have the same historical significance and cultural value as the Mile. There is no 1500 meter equivalent to Roger Bannister's historic and still revered first sub-4 minute Mile.
Also, note that the IAAF still recognizes the Mile (unlike the 1600m, which nobody runs outside of U.S. High Schools) and even though the British as a culture and country have switched to metric (unlike the U.S. where our signs are in miles), they still refer to their middle distance athletes as Milers.
Everybody will have a role a play in the campaign. We plan to elevate and celebrate the Mile as a premier event in the U.S. sporting landscape (not just Track & Field) and do our part to replace the 1600m at the High School level. Tie up your shoe laces...it's time for Track & Field fans to do some work and bring back the sport in the U.S.
You are dellusional.
How has nobody said this yet: People understand or "revere" the mile because everyone was forced to run it in grade school and no other reason.
If every grade school child in America ran 1042 meters for their presidential fitness test twice a year from grades 3-8, 1042 meters would eventually replace the mile as the distance that everyone "reveres." Non-runners will ask runners what their best 1042m time is and they will understand the difference between 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 because they remember running 3:07 back in 8th grade and know that the under 2:30 is like crazy fast and nobody has ever broken 2:00 in the 1042m.
There is absolutely nothing magical about the mile.Hit the submit button below if you want us to review the post.
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