Mile News Tagged Legend


The 45th Anniversary of John Walker’s Mile World Record

August 12, 2020

The Mile "is a cherished distance. When I lined up for a Mile race, I knew I was in for a hell of a race. It is a shame it is not run often more."

By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com

On Tuesday evening, August 12, 1975, John Walker of New Zealand broke the 3:50 Mile barrier, clocking a world...

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Mile legend, coach & Olympian Francie Larrieu Smith: Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductee

July 22, 2020

“I can look back on my career and say that, honestly, it never occurred to me that I lacked opportunity, because I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”

By Brice Cherry, Waco Tribune-Herald

It probably will come as a shock to those in the track & field community, but Francie Larrieu Smith...

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Aquinas grad and two-time U.S. Olympian Dick Buerkle dies at age 72

June 22, 2020

The story of his performance at Maryland in 1978 when he set the indoor Mile world record was the stuff of legend.

By Sal Maiorana, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester native Dick Buerkle, who at one time held the world indoor Mile recorde and twice qualified for the United States...

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Oregon Mile Legend & Olympian Jim Grelle Passes Away

June 16, 2020

"My father had a 'laser focus'. He was humble, gracious, gregarious and he took what he had from running and used it in his life. There was this balance of instruction and a quiet voice."

By Peter John L. Thompson

The world of Track & Field Athletics is deeply saddened by the news that...

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Catching up with Steve Scott: Master of the Sub-4 Mile

March 31, 2020

"I believe one of the keys to my later success was that I wasn't pushed in high school."

By Steve Brand, MileSplit CA

Steve Scott is America's greatest Miler. Not the fastest anymore, but the greatest.

Consider that in his running career, which didn't really take off until he was a...

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‘The greatest athlete NZ has had’: Famed Olympian Sir Peter Snell has died

December 13, 2019

"He won three Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and broke seven world records. He was the best conditioned athlete of his time."

By NZ Herald

Famed New Zealand Olympic distance runner Sir Peter Snell has died, age 80.

Sports historian and friend Ron Palenski confirmed...

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Diane Leather, first woman sub-5 minutes for the Mile, passes away

September 08, 2018

Legend, 1960 Olympian & record setter a pioneer of women’s running

By Peter Thompson

The world of Athletics is deeply saddened by the news that Diane Leather Charles, the first woman to run a Mile in under 5 minutes and a true running pioneer, passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 5. As...

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More than a Coach: László Tábori

July 09, 2018

He said I’d have lots of friends when I am #1 on top, but that he would there for me when I’m not.

By Jacqueline Hansen

When I reflect on life, I think of Joni Mitchell. She is my favorite female artist and poet. She wrote “We’re captive on the carousel of time. We can’t return, we can only...

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Roger Bannister: Tribute to a Titan

March 05, 2018

Briton broke barrier, set a still resonating, recognized standard and transcended the sport

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile founder

We knew this day would come: the death of a great man – a universally enduring, esteemed and endearing legend in every sense of the word as worldwide homage,...

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Mile Moment of the Month: The Mile of the Century – Bannister vs. Landy 1954

August 07, 2014

First time two men go sub-4 minutes in the same Mile race

By Bring Back the Mile

Sixty years ago, on Saturday, August 7, at the 1954 British Empire & Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s two best Milers, England’s Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, and...

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