The American Running Association and its partner Youth Runner Magazine have selected 14 sites that will be showcased as participating Schools and organizations for the 2nd Annual RUN A MILE DAY on May 9. Schools, track clubs and organizations in over 25 states have responded and will run the mile on May 9th as participants in the 2nd Annual RUN A MILE DAY™. ARA and Youth Runner Magazine will post stories and photos from multiple event sites across the U.S.
The 14 selected schools and event hosts for the 2nd NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAY™:
Newport Mills Middle School - Kensington Maryland ARA staff will be onsite at the host track at Einstein High School Ruffing Montessori School – Rocky River Ohio
Kids Running America – Parker, Colorado National youth group staging Run the Mile events in conjunction with ARA
Flandreau Indian School – Flandreau, South Dakota Federally funded high school for Native American boys and girls set for 300 mile runners
Spaulding Elementary, McAllister Middle School -- Suffield, Connecticut
Hyde Park Middle School -- Las Vegas, Nevada
Holy Trinity School – Beaverton, Oregon K – 8th graders set to run the mile in PE classes
Oregon City Track Club – Oregon City, Oregon
Columbus Elementary Schools -- Salt Lake City, Utah
Commonwealth School Fullerton, California 200+ students slated to run the mile in K – 8 classes
Mile High Mile – Denver, Colorado Several elementary / middle schools will use May 9 as a training race for their Mile event
Fruitland Elementary – Puyallup, Washington
Lake Cities Cross Country Club Flower Mound, Texas (Note: As of April 29, all Texas High Schools’ sports have been curtailed until May 11 due to the Swine Flu outbreak)
Each of the selected 14 host schools and sites will receive 30 RUN A MILE DAY Medals for participants in their mile events. All other national host sites will be featured on both the American Running Association (ARA) website.
NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAY™ is an outreach program of ARA to encourage boys and girls and their families to increase their daily physical activity through running. The mile has been a standard of track and field for over 100 years. The mile is a measure of fitness in the Presidential Fitness Award by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. All the branches of the military run the mile and some to measure the fitness levels of the men and women in uniform. ARA and Youth Runner share the same commitment as military branches and the President’s Council: get more Americans physically active and fit. The National RUN A MILE DAY™ is one step in the process to a encourage more walking and running by boys and girls.
ARA and Youth Runner encourage everyone to get out and RUN A MILE on May 9th. If you live close to one of our featured event sites, go out to the school track in your host community and join the fun.
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 DAY. 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 DAY™ 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.