Jim Grelle

Birthday: 09/30/36 Mile PR: 3:55.4 - 1965
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:38.9 - 1964
High School: Lincoln HS
Hometown: Portland, OR
College: University of Oregon

Jim Grelle finished 8th at the 1960 Olympic Games in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:45.0. He was the 1963 Pan Am Games 1500 meter gold medalist and the silver medalist in 1959. Grelle won the NCAA Mile title in 1959, the AAU crown at 1500 meters in 1960 and the AAU indoor Mile titles in 1965-66.

In 1962 at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Oregon grad became the 4th American to break 4 minutes for the Mile, and on June 18, 1965 in Vancouver, Canada, he ran his Mile PR of 3:55.4 to set the U.S. record that Jim Ryun broke 9 days later in San Diego. Grelle also held the U.S. indoor Mile record (4:03.6 in 1961).

News

Oregon Legend Jim Grelle Ran with the Best

November 30, 2012

Runner started at Lincoln High, went to UO, then all the way to the Olympics

By Gary Henley, The Daily Astorian

GEARHART, Ore. — He’s the North Coast’s own running legend.

And while Jim Grelle takes as much pleasure nowadays playing and talking about golf, he still loves reminiscing about...

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