575 Cities Expected to Celebrate Extra Mile Heroes

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  • (1888PressRelease) May 09, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayors from 575 U.S. cities are expected to recognize extra-mile heroes in their communities and declare Extra Mile Day on November 1. A growing international movement dedicated to spreading the power of the "go the extra mile" message, Extra Mile Day and its popularity in the U.S. continues to soar. Created in 2009 with 23 inaugural cities, the November 1, 2014, declaration was celebrated by 527 cities.

    In association with Extra Mile America, mayors from both sides of the political aisle are coming together to remind people that the greatest success and change in life is created through extra mile effort. At a time when many are demanding changes in service and opportunity, Extra Mile Day celebrates individuals and organizations that have chosen to create positive change in their communities by going extra mile.

    Extra Mile Day is the vision of motivational speaker and author Shawn Anderson. First spreading the "go the extra mile" message across the U.S. in 2009, Anderson used a symbolic 4,000-mile ocean-to-ocean bike ride. On the solo ride, the non-bicyclist interviewed over 200 people who had been identified as going the extra mile in overcoming setback or who had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. Now Anderson and his team have begun to take the message international starting with a July 2015 speaking tour in the Philippines that is expected to draw 20,000 people.

    "The 'go the extra mile' message gives people an option to just throwing their arms in the air and saying 'I give up' when life punches them in the gut," Anderson says. "'Going the extra mile' is about choosing to quit complaining about all that is wrong in our lives, and instead, to take action and initiate the change we desire."

    "We wait for a government program, a boss, or a spouse to make our lives better. That's the wrong strategy. It's up to us. It's you and me looking in the mirror and saying 'It's my time to make a difference.'" Anderson shares. "Extra Mile Day is a reminder of the power we each have to make change happen when we choose to do more, give more, and go the extra mile."

    For more information about Extra Mile Day, visit ExtraMileAmerica.org.

    Shawn Anderson
    Los Angeles, CA
    (310) 402-4826
    shawn ( @ ) extramileamerica dot org

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