Bloomsday to feature Mile legend Jim Ryun
Three-time Olympian to speak on Friday, May 5 at Lewis & Clark High School; also official event starter on Sunday, May 7 for the 41st edition
SPOKANE, Wash.—The man who many consider the greatest Miler of all-time will be in Spokane on Bloomsday weekend to share the story of his world record and help start the Bloomsday crowd on Sunday. Jim Ryun, the first high school runner to break the legendary 4 minute barrier, and who later set the world record of 3:51.3 (later lowered to 3:51.1), is scheduled to speak at Lewis & Clark High School at 7:00pm on Friday, May 5. Admission is free and open to the public. Ryun will also be Bloomsday’s official starter on May 7, helping kick-off the start of the 41st Lilac Bloomsday Run, the third stop on the PRRO Circuit 2016-17.
In 1964 Ryun became the first high school runner to break 4 minutes for the Mile, running 3:59.0 as a junior at Wichita East High School in Wichita, Kansas. Jim Ryun established the high school and U.S. Open Mile record of 3:55.3 as a senior in 1965, a record that stood as the high school record for 36 years until broken by Alan Webb’s 3:53.43 in 2001. Today, Ryun still holds five of the nine fastest Mile times in U.S. high school history (all sub-4 minute). The three-time Olympian and 1968 Olympic 1500 silver medalist is the last American male to hold the outdoor Mile world record.
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