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

Big River Running Festival of Miles: Stepping Stone to Olympic Dreams
By Bring Back the Mile
LOUIS – On a late May evening in 2009, a collegiate star and 2008
Olympian from the University of Texas stepped onto the St. Louis
University High School track to race the Mile at the Big River Running Festival of Miles
in his first full professional season. Three minutes and fifty-five
seconds later, Leo Manzano had a new personal best, a Missouri state
record and the third fastest time in the world at the time. A
community-centric event with an electric atmosphere creates an evening
in which dreams can truly be launched. In 2013 the St. Louis Track Club Men‰Ûªs Mile champion could take home $4000, including a $1000 meet record bonus. Continue reading at

State Mile Guide: #2 Pennsylvania
By Bring Back the Mile
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a rich Mile history with the “State of
Independence” hosting some of the fastest and most exciting Mile races
in the United States. The historic Penn Relays has produced some of the
state’s fastest Miles including Tony Waldrop’s 3:53.2 in 1974 and Mary Decker Slaney’s 4:26.10 in 1997, both still meet records. Pennsylvania was also host to the epic 1971 Dream Mile between Marty Liquori and Jim Ryun. In addition, Pennsylvanians also have a rich history with the Mile from 1908 Olympic gold medalist Mel Sheppard to prep star Angel Piccirillo‰Ûªs recent record runs. Continue reading at

Will Leer Does the Albuquerque Double
By Down the Backstretch
Will Leer went to Albuquerque to battle Bernard Lagat
and returned a double USA champion. The Minnetonka grad had won NCAA
DIII Championships, but the 3000m/Mile double at the USA Indoor
Championships was his first, and second national titles. The double
prompted one blogger to list Leer among the “Future U.S. Distance
Stars.” Leer talks abut the double and his plans for the rest of 2013. Continue reading at

Coburn Wins CU‰Ûªs First NCAA Indoor Mile Crown
By Linda Sprouse, Colorado Athletics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior Emma Coburn claimed the University of Colorado’s
first NCAA indoor Mile crown on Saturday night; finishing the race with
a blazing fast time of 4:29.91. “We’ve had some great Milers at
Colorado, male and female, so it’s such an honor to be the first NCAA
Champion amongst them,” Coburn said. “I’m proud and really happy. It’s
been a great season and I’m happy the way the race went.” Continue reading at


More on the Mile

After the Mile – The Tim Danielson Story
  March 13, 2013 – By Jere Longman, The New York Times
Track and Field News Interview with Matthew Centrowitz
  March 12, 2013 – By Jon Hendershott, Track and Field News
The Miracle Mile of 1954
  March 11, 2013 – By The Commonwealth Games Federation
Duel of the Four-Minute Men
  August 16, 1954 – By Paul O’Neil, Sports Illustrated

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