Mile Legend Steve Scott Being Treated for Cancer
Three-time Olympian and former longtime U.S. Mile record holder being treated at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego.
By Don Norcross, Competitor.com
In the United States, when the conversation is track and field, specifically the Mile, one name stands out.
On July 7, 1982, Scott ran a 3:47.69 Mile in Oslo, Norway. It took 25 years before an American ran faster. He was also earned a silver medal in the 1500 meter run at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in 1983 and set world record 5K two times on the roads at the Carlsbad 5000 in 1986 and 1988.
But here’s the stat that is absolutely astonishing about Scott.
No one —not Jim Ryun, John Walker, Sebastian Coe—no one ran more sub-4-minute Miles than Steve Scott. How many? An eye-popping 137.
Given that the Mile has become a near endangered species into today’s metric world, Ryan Lamppa, founder of Bring Back the Mile, compared Scott’s 137 sub-4s to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak.
“I think it’s untouchable,” Lamppa says.
But as fast as Scott covered the Mile, in life after sport, Scott has been unable to outrun cancer. Twenty years ago he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The disease was caught in its early stages and Scott, with that ever-present smile and love-of-life attitude went on to become a successful cross country and track and field coach at Cal State San Marcos.
Scott broke the news to his runners this morning at the Cougar Challenge cross country meet.
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