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Anchorage Runners Celebrate the American Mile

Big Wild Life Runs’ newest event promises 5,280-feet of excitement

Anchorage, AK – August 7, 2013 - Big Wild Life Runs and the Anchorage Running Club are bringing back the mile with a fast and flat road race celebrating the American mile. The inaugural Anchorage Mile will take place Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Delany Park Strip directly following the Children’s Hospital at Providence Kids’ 2K Run. The race will consist of four heats with each heat limited to 50 runners. Awards will be given for the top three finishers in each heat.

The Anchorage Mile is the brainchild of Kids’ 2K Race Coordinator Wally Wilson. Wilson feels there’s a need for a short distance running event in Anchorage. "For whatever reason, our running and fitness world has greatly tilted to the marathons, ultra-marathons and other extremely long endurance events," said Wilson. “I know The Anchorage Mile will be one of the most exciting races in Alaska, it’s flat, fast and spectator friendly.”

The Anchorage Mile is just the latest in a national trend to bring the mile run back to American track and road racing. The national Bring Back the Mile campaign has been gaining momentum since it was launched in January of 2012. Race directors and running clubs all over the United States are joining the movement and holding mile runs in their cities. Currently there are 14 official stops on the 2013 Bring Back the Mile Tour, a series of track and road races to be held across the nation.

The mile gained popularity in the United States and England near the end of the 19th century and survived the metrification of track events. The watershed moment came in 1954 when Rodger Bannister of Great Britain finished the first sub-4 minute mile. For the next three decades the mile was the glamour event of track and field.

The national Bring Back the Mile campaign aims to return the mile to prominence on the American sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the iconic race. One goal is to replace the 1600-meter run with the mile at high school track meets. U.S. high school state federations switched the mile to the 1600-meters in the early 1980s because new tracks were 400-meters instead of 440-yards. The tracks were 9-meters short of a mile so the mile race became the 1600-meters simply out of convenience.

 

The Anchorage Mile is the 5th addition to the Big Wild Life Runs festival of races.

Mile Heats

1 - Women over 6 minute mile at 11:30 a.m.

2 - Men over 6 minute mile at 11:45 a.m.

3 - Women under 6 minute mile at 12:00 p.m.

4 - Men under 6 minute mile at 12:15 p.m.

 

For more information about the Anchorage Mile and other Big Wild Life Runs events please visit: www.bigwildliferuns.org

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