HOKA ONE ONE presents the historic milestones, Mile events and U.S. Milers that headlined the year
By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile
what a year for the Mile as the storied distance had another noteworthy
year of milestone anniversaries, exciting races, fast performances,
records, new events, more prize money, major national media coverage and
more. In 2014, the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour was launched, featuring six top U.S. Mile races across the country, and with two Tour wins and consistent racing, Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf earned the grand prix titles. Earlier in the year, HOKA ONE ONE became an official sponsor of Bring Back the Mile and later signed 2012 Olympic 1500m silver medalist Leo Manzano. In addition, fellow U.S. Olympian and 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson had a banner season, highlighted by the Diamond League 1500m (metric Mile) crown.
the event side, Mile prize money increased by 26% from $226,490 in 2013
to $285,010 in 2014; the previous year, there was 63% growth from
$138,750 in 2012 vs. $226,490 in 2013. In addition, this year, there
were at least 26 inaugural Miles (18 ÛÓ U.S. and 8 ÛÓ outside the U.S.).