Mile News


Where Are America’s Milers?

August 27, 1956

A stirring tradition of U.S. distance running is dying on the vine. What are the reasons, and what should be done to bring it back?

By David Richardson, Sports Illustrated 

The most extraordinary thing about the once elusive 4 minute Mile in recent weeks has been the almost casual manner in...

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A Man Conquers Himself

May 21, 1956

Gentle John Landy, after one of history's fastest Miles, could feel only sadness and defeat. Here is the story of an amazing, dedicated athlete—and an amazing human being: "I'd rather lose a 3:58 Mile than win one in 4:10."

By Paul O'Neil, Sports Illustrated

The townspeople of Fresno,...

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A Day to Remember

May 05, 1956

Said world record holder John Landy, the startled loser: "You ran a 3:58." Jim Bailey glared at him with unsteady indignation and shouted, "Bullswool."

By Paul O'Neil, Sports Illustrated

Saturday, May 5. A day for the dramatic, the spectacular; a day for magical and magnificent events. The...

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Santee’s Overwhelming Saturday

March 12, 1956

In an atmosphere of confusion a great Miler scores two triumphs which could be his last

By Roy Terrell, Sports Illustrated

This is the story of a foot race destined to go down in track history as the Blackstone Mile—the only race in the memory of even the oldest AAU official (and not even the...

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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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