Mile News Tagged Legend


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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Finishing the Race

March 10, 2018

It is hard to put into words the impact Roger Bannister had, not just on me, but on the world.

By Jim Ryun

When I heard the news of Roger Bannister’s death last week at the age of 88, I recalled the first time I ever heard of Bannister, in the spring of 1963.

I was rattling back to Wichita...

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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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When we were Kings: Ireland’s magic Milers

January 02, 2018

Island nation's athletes are notable part of the iconic distance's rich history

By Tom Hunt, Irish Examiner

Paul Robinson’s recent world best time of 4:17.9 for a Mile run in sub-zero Antarctica recalled memories of a previous era when Ireland’s leading Milers competed at elite level and...

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Jim Ryun’s run for the ages

June 17, 2017

Legend and three-time Olympian marks 50th anniversary of Mile world record: "One of the easiest races of my life."

Bob Burns for USATF

Jim Ryun was used to setting world records, so his 3:51.1 Mile at the 1967 AAU Championships hardly came as a surprise. What surprised him was how effortless...

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Jim Ryun reflects upon breaking his Mile world record 50 years ago

April 29, 2017

“Coach Timmons would reach way down in our souls, find these amazing talents and pull them out."

By Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World

Somewhere, sitting on a basketball team’s bench or listed way down on a football squad’s depth chart, or standing in front of a gymnasium door searching in...

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‘The Best Ever’ – The Training of Hicham El Guerrouj

February 22, 2017

El Guerrouj did not run huge volumes, but his training involved a lot of quality work, certainly more quality than quantity.

By Runner's Tribe

The Best Ever? – with 2 Olympic golds, 4 World Championship golds and multiple world records; it is hard to argue against Hicham El Guerrouj’s claim...

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The Jim Ryun, Mile Legend, Interview

October 28, 2016

We need to be far more fan-friendly and that’s why I’m so pleased with ‘Bring Back the Mile’ and what they have been able to do. It’s one of those efforts where we realize they are investing in the future and the public and it helps people to identify with it all.

By Gary Cohen,...

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Kankakee’s first Olympian: Joie Ray

July 30, 2016

Multi-talented Illinois native won a record 8 national titles in the outdoor Mile

By Jack Klasey, Daily Journal

Joie Ray was a gutsy little guy who loved to run whether the opponent was a Kankakee streetcar or a field of world class runners in the Olympic Games.

Although he was only...

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Pre & Me

May 26, 2016

I told myself there was much to be learned from such a display of passion, whether you were running a Mile or a company.

By Phil Knight, for Runner's World

Excerpted from Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight. Copyright © 2016 by Phil Knight. Reprinted by permission of...

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