Mile News


Olympian, Mile legend Jim Ryun delivers message of encouragement in Lancaster

November 19, 2016

"I've encouraged the next generations of runners, which is in part what my wife and I like to do. So many people have contributed to who we are that it's an opportunity to give back to the next generation."

By Steve Navaroli, LancasterOnline

As a three-time Olympian and politician, Jim Ryun is accustomed to a whirlwind schedule, so this week in Lancaster County was nothing new.

But, with a busy itinerary of speaking engagements, appearances and book signings set up by Elizabethtown cross country coach Mark Gallagher, Ryun and his wife, Anne, have enjoyed their first time in the area.

A silver medalist in the 1500 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Jim Ryun, in 1964, was also the first high schooler to run a sub-4 minute Mile. In 2001, ESPN named him the top High School Athlete of the 20th Century.

"We've been to Pennsylvania before, but never here,” Ryun said. “Coach Gallagher is the one that worked it all out and it's been delightful."

Continue reading at: lancasteronline.com

Tags: jim ryun (94) , bbtm news (225)

Facebook Comments

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.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!