Set for Wednesday, July 24; also RRCA National Championship
By Mary Doman, ActiveLifeDC.com
If you"�re still feeling patriotic after the 4th of July (or, feeling like you need to sweat off that extra slice of blueberry pie), I"�d recommend you race a Mile at the DC Road Runners"� upcoming One Mile Challenge. Because, after all, it"�s the most American distance there is.
According to Ryan Lamppa, founder of the Bring Back the Mile movement, the Mile is unique to our country and to our culture.
"�Back in the late 1970s, when the world went metric, we Americans held on to the Mile,' Lamppa said in an interview. "�It"�s a standard that all Americans understand... it"�s part of who we are.'
And he"�s promoting Mile road races around the country to help preserve the significant distance. You can support the cause by heading to the DC Road Runners club"�s One Mile Challenge in Ballston, on the evening of Wednesday, July 24. The event -- a tradition of the club"�s -- is supported by the RRCA (Road Runners Club of America). This year, it"�s also part of the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour, a series of races organized by BBTM to promote the "�magical Mile.'