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Surviving Bowerman sub-4 Milers returning to the UO on May 27

May 17, 2016

“For years I’ve been thinking about how it would be really cool to have a reunion to get everybody who’s run a 4 minute Mile together in the same place at the same time, and so last summer I decided I was going to do it.” - Todd Bosworth, Oregon Track Club

By Damian Foley, Around the O

Eleven Ducks who ran under legendary coach Bill Bowerman broke the hallowed sub-4 minute Mile barrier, and on Friday, May 27 the ten surviving members of the group are returning to the University of Oregon for a special event, dubbed the “Sub-4 Reunion.”

Organized as a fundraiser by the Oregon Track Club — founded by Bowerman himself more than 50 years ago — the public is invited to meet the Milers and hear their stories. The reunion, held at the John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes, will feature a social hour, panel discussion and question-and-answer session, and at the conclusion of the reunion attendees will head to Hayward Field for the 42nd running of the Prefontaine Classic

The sub-4 theme extends beyond the 10 honored guests, too. Tickets cost $25 for the public and $20 for OTC members, but if you’ve run a sub-4 Mile it’s free. Hop Valley Brewing Company will debut a new beer, dubbed the Sub 4 Ale, at the event. Even the emcees, two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating and Tom Farrell, are sub-4 Milers. The Sub-4 Reunion gets underway at 5:30pm, and the panel discussion begins one hour later.

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Tags: university of oregon (10) , prefontaine classic (33) , oregon track club (6) , bill bowerman (10) , arne kvalheim (2) , andrew wheating (22)

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