‘Run A Mile’ Days Slated For May

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 16, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM UTC
Photo: Running USA

The national campaign enters its sixth year.

For nine days in May, the American Running Association (ARA) will host and also promote its “Run A Mile” campaign.

The non-profit organization, which is based out of Maryland, is hoping to energize elementary and middle school children with this initiative that carries with it the “R U A MILER” rallying cry.

“This year marks our sixth year of helping community and school leaders lead boys and girls in a fitness push with the Mile,” said ARA Director Dave Watt. “We are committed to supporting schools and groups who join the Run a Mile Days concept.”

The ARA is sponsoring an increasing number of elementary and middle schools in all 50 states.

May happens to be a significant month for the mile as it was on May 6, 1954 when legendary Roger Bannister became the first human to dip under 4:00 for that distance.

The ARA was founded in 1968 to promote healthy living and active lifestyles among all Americans.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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