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...
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...
January 07, 2015
From Racing Past
Marty Liquori in full flight, still viewable on the Internet, has to be one of the finest sights in competitive running. He appeared on the running scene in 1967 as the third American high-schooler to break the 4 minute Mile. The 17-year-old from New Jersey was only seventh in...
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...
December 08, 2014
1972 Olympic 800m champion with numerous national Mile titles and world class times was one of the best at the storied distance
By Rick Schnittker
I first met Dave Wottle as a 15-year-old making a trip to the Ohio JC Summer State Meet in Canton, Ohio. I had qualified for the event with my...
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...
June 04, 2014
“When I crossed the finish line, I was a little discouraged, because I thought I hadn’t done it.”
By Rick Plumlee, The Wichita Eagle
Six hundred yards into the Mile race, Jim Ryun was bumped in the tight pack of runners. He stumbled off the track to the infield.
“I wasn’t even sure I’d...
May 29, 2014
By Peter Thompson
This article has been published in its entirety with the author's permission. It was initially published in the 'BMC News', the Club magazine of the British Milers' Club, in Spring 2014.
Many of you reading this blog are aware of the the 60th anniversary of breaking the 4...
May 09, 2014
“Certainly the easiest record was the Mile. I remember crossing the line and feeling ‘woah’ and later that night I said to a few people that if I did 3:46 feeling like that then 3:44 was possible."
By Jason Henderson, Athletics Weekly
Of all Steve Cram’s record-breaking achievements, his one...
May 06, 2014
Franz Stampfl, his coach, implored him to run in a meet between Oxford and the Amateur Athletic Association: “He said to me, ‘Although the conditions are not ideal, if you don’t take this opportunity, you might not forgive yourself for the rest of your life.’ He was right.”
By Jesse Will, The...
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