Bring Back the Mile

Mile Moments Abound in 2013
Mary Cain, inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour, 63% increase in Mile prize
purses, U.S. high schoolers shine and more highlight banner year

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

As the year draws to a close, it is time to recognize and
celebrate the numerous highlights, historic achievements and “magic”
moments in the Mile, and what a year it has been for the storied

To kick-off the year, the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 was launched. The Tour showcased 14 events nationwide and produced exciting Mile racing throughout the year. BBTM Tour 2013 highlights include:

  • North Carolina State indoor record of 3:57.81 by Cory Leslie at Camel City Indoor Mile
  • Meet, indoor NCAA and U.S. Junior and High School records respectively: 3:51.21 (Lopez Lomong), 3:52.98 (Chris O’Hare) and 4:28.25 (Mary Cain) at the famed NYRR Wanamaker Mile
  • Ten course or event records at Camel City Indoor Mile, NYRR
    Wanamaker Mile, Medtronic TC 1 Mile, Platinum Performance State Street
    Mile, DC Road Runners 1 Mile, Ryan Shay Mile, GNC Live Well Liberty
    Mile, Michigan Mile and Minnesota Mile
  • Ben Blankenship and The Queen of the Road Miles Heather Kampf won three Tour events
  • $120,000 awarded to top Milers

Continue reading at for complete 2013 coverage:

  • Cainsanity Arrives!
  • Professionals Elevating the Mile
  • Youth is Served
  • Celebrating 2014

BBTM Photo of the Year: Macklin Chaffee surprises Jordan McNamara at the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

About Bring Back the Mile
The Mile holds a special place in Track & Field and beyond
because no running distance, or field event for that matter, has the
history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile. The first sub-4 minute
Mile by Great Britain’s Roger Bannister in 1954 is regarded as the greatest individual athletic achievement of the 20th century (see Forbes November 18, 2005 article HERE),
and no other event has produced an equivalent of the sub-4 minute Mile
standard in the sport, in the media and in the public’s mind.

Over the past decade-plus, unfortunately, the Mile has lost some of its stature, and thus, the Bring Back the Mile mission is: To
return the Mile to prominence on the American sports and cultural
landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a national


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