2013 NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS SET for MAY 3 – 12 Nationwide


6th Annual MILER Events Expands to more Schools

Bethesda MD – The American Running Association (ARA) is excited to host and promote NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS throughout the May 3-12 timeframe, the Maryland-based national nonprofit announced today. “R U A MILER” will be the rallying cry at elementary and middle schools across the U.S. for the 6th annual public outreach campaign. The Mile is the standard measure in America and has been the indicator of fitness in running and track for decades. ARA is supported by its professional division of physicians and allied health professionals who have fundraised to support the national effort to increase the fitness and physical activity levels of America’s youth.

The “R U A MILER” focus is intended to get more of our youth motivated and enthused to run, commented ARA’s Executive Director Dave Watt. “The Mile is a good test and a great first step”, added Watt. Track and field and distance running have shown increases in youth participation in recent years. This Miler Campaign is American Running’s effort to spur additional participation. In addition, ARA will promote efforts to make the “MILE” the standard mid-distance race in high school replacing the 1600m (high school) as led by the “Bring Back the Mile” campaign.

“This year marks our 6th year of helping community and school leaders lead boys and girls in a fitness push with the Mile”, said ARA’s Executive Director Dave Watt. ARA will sponsor additional elementary, middle school and track clubs in all 50 states to host a “R U A MILER” day. “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.

ARA has added school and running club sites in additional states for 2013 but can still promote and assist other schools who are interested in hosting a “MILE” Day. Any school or organization interested in hosting a MILE DAYS event should contact the MILE DAYS Staff (miler@americanrunning.org ). Each selected event will receive RUN A MILE DAYS CERTIFICATES for participants in their mile events. All other national host sites will be featured on both the American Running Association (ARA) and Youth Runner Magazine websites. Results and photos will be posted on the RUN A MILE DAYS website: www.runamile.org, as well and the YOUTH RUNNER website (www.youthrunner.com).

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.


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