Bring Back The Mile, Wire No. 5

Mile wire #5-08-12

BARBARA, Calif. ‰ÛÒ The Mile wire is a regular update on the best
stories, exclusive interviews and everything Mile-related.

Inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Draws Top Field in Pittsburgh

By Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.
The 2012 USA 1 Mile road champions Heather Kampf and Craig Miller
headline the deep elite field vying for a piece of the $25,000 prize
purse. Miller, who finished 9th in the 1500 meters at the recent Olympic
Trials, will compete against other sub-4:00 Americans milers,
including, AJ Acosta, Jordan McNamara, and Jeff See. For the women, Kampf will face tough competition from Team USA Minnesota teammate Gabriele Anderson, who finished 4th at the Olympic Trials, and Sarah Bowman. Continue reading at

4 Minutes with a Miler: AJ Acosta

By Bring Back the Mile
Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, speaks to 8-time NCAA All-American and 3:53.76 Miler (FloTrack Video), AJ Acosta. A University of Oregon graduate, AJ and his Nation will toe the line as the top seed at the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to his collegiate accolades, AJ was
the 2005 High School Cross Country Footlocker Champion out of El Camino HS (CA). The interview is hosted by Duncan Larkin with the audio available below and through the iTunes store, in addition to the complete transcript below. Continue reading at


Bringing The Mile Back to Track

By Todd Bookman, Only A Game
and field has a numbers problem. As in, there are just too many of them. The 60, 26.2, 4×8, 203, 5, 8, 10k‰Û_ Back in the 1950s, there was one number that mattered. “I think there are only a handful of achievements like breaking four minutes for the first time, in any sport, that comes close to what Roger Bannister has done,” said Ryan Lamppa of Running USA, an advocacy group for the sport. In 1954, doctors actually warned runners that breaking the four minute barrier could prove fatal.
Bannister, of course, proved them wrong. But since that achievement,
something has died: the mile. Continue reading at


Torrence, Martinez Win Falmouth Mile

Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire
FALMOUTH, Mass. ‰ÛÒ (August 11, 2012) ‰ÛÒ Last year’s Falmouth Mile,
a track precursor to the larger, older 7-mile road race, proved to be one of the deepest ever run on American soil, with the top 10 men dipping under the magical 4-minute mark. It would have been hard to equal that performance again, and indeed, swirling, humid winds threw an
additional impediment into the mix. Nonetheless, this year’s edition on Saturday evening came close, with David Torrence (left) leading five other men under 4, turning in a creditable 3:55.79 victory. For the women Brenda Martinez and Gabriele Anderson ran the #1 and #2 fastest women’s Mile times of the year. Continue reading at


More on the Mile

USA’s Manzano Comes From Behind to Claim Silver in 1500
  August 7, 2012 – By David Leon Moore, USA TODAY
Uceny Making Peace with Her Olympic Fall in 1500
  August 12, 2012 – By Pat Graham, Associated Press
Brief Chat: Gabriele Anderson Looks Ahead
  August 14, 2012 – By Peter Gambaccini, Runner’s World
Mile Legend Bannister Attends Olympic 1500 Final
  August 8, 2012 – From Sports Illustrated via AP

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