Mile News Tagged Jim Beatty


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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Happy 3rd Birthday, Bring Back the Mile!

January 19, 2015

Mile’s growth and excitement continue as BBTM enters Lap 4

By Ryan Lamppa, BBTM Founder

It’s true: time does fly when you are having fun, and it is truly hard to believe that Bring Back the Mile is celebrating its third birthday and currently working on Lap 4 for the coming year. So what has...

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How Hungarians Launched America’s Greatest Track Era

January 27, 2014

Mihály Iglói's coaching led to brilliant U.S. racing.

By Rich Elliott, Running Times

On the night of Feb. 10, 1962, the world of distance running shifted on its axis.

The scene was the Los Angeles Sports Arena. American miler Jim Beatty was racing in the featured event of the night, the...

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Jim Beatty’s “Good Luck” Telegram

September 29, 2013

50 years later a 1956 twenty-six foot love letter with more than 1,200 signatures wishing Jim Beatty luck resurfaces; Beatty first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile indoors

By Wendy Brenner, Oxford American

It takes three people to hold it up, like an anaconda, draped between them and unfurled...

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An Open Love Letter to the Mile

February 14, 2012

Dear Mile:

You were our First Love from the time we set eyes on you; it's been a wonderful 100-plus years together. From the time Edward Merritt (USA) ran 4:43.8 in 1877 to Great Britian's Sir Roger Bannister's ground breaking first sub-4 minute Mile in 1954, we've been through it all. The...

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Jim Beatty: An All-American Miler

February 10, 2012

Fifty years ago on February 10, a short middle-distance specialist from North Carolina stepped up on the boarded indoor track at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and made running history. Three minutes and 58 seconds after the starting gun had sounded, Jim Beatty became the first human ever to go...

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Bring Back the Mile Salutes Jim Beatty

February 09, 2012

Historic first sub-4 minute indoor Mile by Beatty celebrates 50th anniversary on February 10, 2012

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (February 9, 2012) – On February 10, 1962 in Los Angeles, American Jim Beatty became the first man to break 4 minutes for the Mile indoors, nearly 8 years after Great...

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History on The Boards

February 19, 1962

The starter's gun in Los Angeles sends off Jim Beatty on the fastest indoor Mile ever run. The field from the pole: Tabori, Beatty, Grelle, Close, Martin.

By Tex Maule, Sports Illustrated

Murray Halberg, an almost painfully thin New Zealander with cool light-blue eyes under pale bushy...

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