2012 NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS Kick off May 6th
5th Annual MILER Events Campaign: “BE A MILER”
Bethesda MD – The American Running Association (ARA)’s public outreach campaign, NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS, is slated to kick off throughout the week of May 6-12, 2012 the Maryland-based nonprofit organization announced today. The campaign’s call or mantra for the 5th annual public outreach events is “BE A MILER”. The “BE A MILER” focus is intended to get more children motivated and enthused to run; not just to run the mile but to kickstart a fitness plan. In addition, ARA will promote efforts to make the “MILE” the standard mid-distance race in high school and college track and field, replacing the 1600m (high school) and 1500m (college).
“ARA is hosting and sponsoring 25 school and community sites in the May 6-12 week”, announced ARA’s Executive Director Dave Watt. “We are led by our largest group host in Gig Harbor and Tacoma Washington’s schools where over 8500 students are slated to run the mile”, said Watt. Dr Pat Hogan is the catalyst in that region, as he got inspired when he heard about our MILE DAYS program 3 years ago at our Sports Medicine Symposium at the Boston Marathon, added Watt. Dr Hogan has over 10 schools hosting Mile Days events where every student in the school will walk-run or run the mile. “Dr Pat Hogan shows all of us that one committed person can rally a city and schools districts to get serious about increasing the physical activity and fitness of our youth”, added ARA’s Executive Director.
“2012 marks are 5th year of partnering with community leaders and schools across the United States, said ARA’s Watt. ARA has secured over 25 hosts that have over 18,000 elementary, middle school and high school students running the mile during NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS. We are committed to supporting schools and groups who join the RUN A MILE DAYS concept”, said Watt. Host schools, running clubs and communities are encouraged to incorporate the “MILER” event into their PE class planners as well as community events. “Running the Mile should be the measure of fitness for all youth. The Mile is what we teach for pacing and it’s our country’s standard measure of distance traveled”, added Watt.
Participating schools and organizations include elementary, middle and high schools, track clubs and community organizations. ARA and our partner Youth Runner Magazine will post stories and photos from multiple event sites across the U.S.
ARA’s ultimate goal is to have groups or schools host the “BE A MILER” events during NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS in all 50 states. Each sponsored event site has received RUN A MILE DAYS CERTIFICATES for participants in their mile events. Training program cards and BE A MILER Posters were also sent to select schools. All national host sites will be featured on the new RUN A MILE DAYS website plus the American Running Association (ARA) and Youth Runner Magazine websites. Results and photos will be posted on the RUN A MILE DAYS site and on the YOUTH RUNNER website.
May 6th is the anniversary date of the world’s first sub-4 minute mile. Roger Bannister showed the world in 1954 that the 4 minute mile was not a barrier. He broke through that barrier on May 6 of that year. To this day, the sub 4 minute mile is a cherished achievement by male runners worldwide. ARA honors Sir Roger Bannister’s achievement on RUN A MILE DAYS. His tenacity and commitment to challenge a perceived impenetrable barrier can be a lesson for anyone facing a seemingly out of reach goal.
The NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS™ is produced by the Bethesda, MD – based American Running Association (ARA). “We want adults, parents, and kids to see the fun in running the mile. It is a perfect event to entice more kids into running,” said Dave Watt of ARA… All event proceeds help produce this national track event and ARA’s free youth walk-run training programs. ARA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to promote healthy living and active lifestyles among all Americans. It is dedicated to supporting runners through education and specialized programs, as well as encouraging all individuals from youths to adults to run and be fit. For more information about the ARA or to learn more about the Walk and Run programs, visit www.americanrunning.org and the MILE DAYS site, www.runamile.org