The inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour, consisting of 13 events across the United States, will kick off on Saturday with men’s and women’s miles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston and the Camel City Indoor Mile in Winston-Salem, NC. Stop Number Three on the tour will be the Millrose Games on February 16, with the men’s and women’s NYRR Wanamaker Miles.
Bring Back the Mile is a campaign to return the mile distance to prominence on the American sports scene. The tour, announced yesterday, is one step toward realizing a larger vision: a nationwide Mile Grand Prix Series in 2014, consisting of top prize-money races, according to BBTM founder Ryan Lamppa.
“From Boston to Santa Barbara and at stops in between, the Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 will provide an excellent platform to further promote the distance that Americans ‘get’ and love,” said Lamppa.
An end-of-the-season gala in Santa Barbara, CA, will celebrate the top moments of the tour, including Best Performance and Fastest Miler.
Among the milers set to compete on Saturday in Boston are Americans Matthew Centrowitz, Dorian Ulrey, and Craig Miller, as well as Ethiopia’s Henok Legesse. In North Carolina, South Africa’s Peter van der Westhuizen and North Carolina State senior Ryan Hill are expected to lead the field in the Camel City event, part of the Hilton Garden Innvitational.
The roster for the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, announced last week, includes defending champion Centrowitz, Hill, Lopez Lomong, and Ireland’s Ciarán O’Lionáird. In the women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile, high school star Mary Cain, of Bronxville, NY, will face a trio of U.S. collegiate stars—Abbey D’Agostino, Jordan Hasay, and Emma Coburn—as well as Canadian Olympian Sheila Reid.
For a complete list of tour stops, click here.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg