An Open Love Letter to the Mile
You were our First Love from the first time that we set eyes on your classic beauty & rich history; it's been a wonderful 140-plus years together. From the time Edward Merritt (USA) ran 4:43.8 in 1877 to Great Britian's Sir Roger Bannister's ground breaking, and now iconic, first sub-4 minute Mile in 1954, we've been through it all. The 1960s brought us closer together with Jim Beatty's (USA) first sub-4 indoor Mile and the Golden Era that gave us Jim Ryun (USA), Peter Snell (New Zealand) and Marty Liquori (USA). And let's not forget the 1980s with Steve Scott (USA), Mary Decker Slaney (USA) and the talented Briton trio Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett & Steve Cram.
Yes, like any love affair, we've had our ups & downs (we're looking at you 1990s), but as the great Bob Dylan sang, 'the times they are a changin'. You will always be our First Love and we will look forward to our next 100 years together. You're still the One!
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