Bring Back The Mile, Wire 17

Mile wire #17-07-13

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

American Milers Cross the Pond for Ireland’s Most Famous Race
By Morton Games
The Morton Mile is the most famous race in Irish athletics, graced by the presence of Olympians and Olympic champions including Ireland‰Ûªs own Ronnie Delany, Herb Elliott (AUS), Kip Keino (KEN), John Walker (NZL), Steve Ovett (GBR) and Seb Coe (GBR). And the event has also struck a particular cord with athletes from the United States. Steve Scott‘s
3:53.80 on August 27, 1980 remains the Morton Stadium Mile record and
Americans have won the previous three years in a row with Will Leer (2010 & 2012) and Jordan McNamara
(2011) trading off as Morton Mile champions. This year‰Ûªs Morton Games
takes place on Wednesday, July 17 at Morton Stadium Santry in North
Dublin, Ireland.  Continue reading at

The Mile: America’s Distance
By Mary Doman, Active Life DC
If you‰Ûªre still feeling patriotic after the 4th of July
(or, feeling like you need to sweat off that extra slice of blueberry
pie), I‰Ûªd recommend you race a Mile at the DC Road Runners‰Ûª upcoming One Mile Challenge. Because, after all, it‰Ûªs the most American distance there is. According to Ryan Lamppa, founder of the Bring Back the Mile
movement, the Mile is unique to our country and to our culture. ‰ÛÏBack
in the late 1970s, when the world went metric, we Americans held on to
the Mile,‰Û Lamppa said in an interview. ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a standard that all
Americans understand… it‰Ûªs part of who we are.‰Û  Continue reading at

Here Comes Mary Cain
By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated
In some distant, imagined future she does historic things.
Running with a long, brown ponytail floating behind her like a vapor
trail, she wins gold medals, breaks world records and restores track and
field to a place where little girls dream that someday they will be
just like Mary Cain. Or in another version of that same
future, she is injured or overwhelmed and never finds the greatness
that once seemed imminent. It’s not possible to know which will happen,
despite America’s collective obsession with thrusting outsized
expectation onto the most gifted young athletes. Whatever her path,
whether to greatness or obscurity, there will never be another moment in
her life quite like this one, when every race is fast and every day is
sweeter than the one before.  Continue reading at

UO Runner Trevor Dunbar Will Attempt to Crack 4 Minutes
By Ken Goe, The Oregonian
The University of Oregon’s Trevor Dunbar will be attempting a sub-4 minute Mile on Monday, July 15 at Portland’s Roosevelt High School in the Roughrider Twilight. Dunbar
has made several attempts to become the first Alaskan to break the
coveted 4 minute barrier for the distance made iconic by Roger Bannister in 1954. His father, Marcus Dunbar,
also an Oregon Miler, holds the state record of 4:00.58, set in
1993. Dunbar appears primed this time, after missing the 2013 college
outdoor season with injury problems. He  ran a swift 1500 yesterday at
the Victoria International Track Classic, finishing second in 3 minutes,
38.38 seconds.  Continue reading at

More on the Mile

Innovative New “RunFanShop” E-Store Opens for Running Fans
  July 8, 2013 – From RunFanShop
Hilton, Rosenfeld Win Downtown Mile in Flagstaff
  July 5, 2013 – By Bill Harris, Sun Sports Editor
Gagnon Blazes sub-3:43 to win Manchester Mile
  July 4, 2013 – By Roger Brown, New Hampshire Union Leader
Inaugural Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile Set for August 13
  July 3, 2013 – From Pikes Peak Mile

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