Why the Mile still matters
Because we've all run a Mile at least once in our lives, we understand and can be wowed by Bannister's feat.
Stephen Meyers, The Coloradoan
Sixty years ago Tuesday, Roger Bannister did something many thought would kill him: He ran a sub-four-minute Mile.
For decades, people had speculated about whether the feat was humanly possible, and doctors worried about the toll running 15 mph takes on a runner's body.
But on May 6, 1954, Bannister, then a 25-year-old medical student, ran the Mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds, shocking the world by becoming the first person in history to achieve sub-four. That May day in Oxford became a flash point in the history of running.
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