In the 1980’s, many high schools transitioned from a 440 yard track to the more common 400m length we see in abundance today. With this transition, the mile race was often replaced by the 1600m race, leaving a historic legacy of runners as nothing more than a history lesson for modern runners. However, the faithful at BBTM are committed to restoring this event and bringing back into prominence at the national level.
“…to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance, to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.”
The first race of the 2015 circuit begins tomorrow in Carmel City, where Duncan Phillips (4:00.94) and Sarah Vaughn (4:35.07) won last year. Surely, the first race of the tour will generate excitement that will carry throughout each race until a grand prix winner is crowned in September. Last year’s returning GP champ on the women’s side, Heather Kampf, will bear the weight of expectations to repeat. On the men’s side, Jack Bolas, will not be in the hunt to defend his 2014 title.
The total prize purse for the four Tour events exceeds $80,000 plus a $7500 for the Grand Prix purse. Per Tour event per gender, top 6 will score points (10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1) with the top 4 Grand Prix scorers earning GP prize money ($2000, $1000, $500 and $250).
Pick The Winner Contest
We are happy to announce that we will once again be sponsoring the tour by hosting the second annual “Pick-the-Winner” contest. Entry is simple: you pick who is going to win and their finish time of each race, per gender. If you correctly guess the winner and time, you will receive free gear from us!
Full details: http://bringbackthemile.com/pick-the-winner