Mile News Tagged Legend


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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László Tábori: The People’s Sport, The People’s Champion

April 22, 2016

If I compare publicity percentage-wise, I had 75% for the Mile and 25% for the 1500 meters.

From Tracksmith's METER Magazine #04

László Tábori, in 1955, was the third man to break 4 minutes for the Mile, a feat that made the Hungarian famous around the world.

"Nothing gave me as much...

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Checking in with The Chairman, Legendary Miler Eamonn Coghlan Now Graceful Ambassador for our Sport

September 19, 2015

For most, Eamonn Coghlan is - and will be - remembered not only as a world record setting middle distance champion and indoor Mile artist with a devastating kick initiated with breath-taking acceleration, but also as one of track & field's most poised and gracious elder statesmen.

By Dave...

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Miler Jim Ryun’s 50-year-old upset of Peter Snell still a magic moment in history

June 27, 2015

In an age when track & field was more popular in the U.S. than the NBA, NHL and what is now NASCAR, no one was a bigger star than high schooler Ryun

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register

In early June 1965, Jim Ryun, an 18-year-old senior at Wichita’s East High School, and his coach...

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What Makes Pre So Special

May 20, 2015

Heroes like Steve Prefontaine never really die. They live on in our hearts and perform their warrior deeds on the big screens of memory and imagination. They define the excellence to which we aspire. They arouse our spirits. They fire our souls.

By Jeff Johnson

Although Steve Prefontaine...

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50th Anniversary of Jim Ryun’s Epic Sub-4 at Kansas State Meet

May 15, 2015

First sub-4 Mile at high school-only competition and State meet and still the only sub-4 at a State meet.

By Bring Back the Mile

On May 15, 1965, Jim Ryun, who a year earlier had already broken 4 minutes in the Mile as a junior for Wichita East High in Wichita, Kansas, the first prep athlete...

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Jim Beatty Interview

February 10, 2015

That last quarter Mile was run out of fear because I didn’t know what I had to negotiate.

By Gary Cohen

Jim Beatty is the first person to run a sub-4:00 Mile indoors which he did on February 10, 1962 when he ran 3:58.9 at the Los Angeles Invitational. The trailblazer is also the first...

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8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

December 18, 2014

High school Mile record holder and two-time NCAA Mile champion considered candidate to run first sub-4 minute Mile

By Evan Andrews, History.com

On December 25, Universal Pictures’ new film “Unbroken” is set to debut nationwide. Based upon the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand, the film...

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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