Group seeks higher profile for 1-mile track race

EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer Published:

It's the race that cemented Roger Bannister's name into history and the distance that everyday runners use to gauge their progress and pace. Yet, over the years, the simple mile has slowly seeped out of most mainstream track meets, replaced by metric numbers that don't have nearly the same meaning.

A grass-roots group of runners led by Ryan Lamppa, who once ran the mile in 4:11, wants to change that. The group called Bring Back The Mile has sprouted on the Internet and elsewhere. Their goal: to make the mile the standard for middle-distance running and, while they're at it, maybe bring passion back to a section of their sport that has lost some of its pizazz over the years.