February 09, 2022
“‘I want to be that person and I want an American to do it.’”
By Scott M. Reid, Orange County Register
On an autumn day in 1961, Jim Beatty, the world’s top-ranked Miler, was on an easy run in Los Angeles, slowly returning from an injury.
It was one of those solitary runs runners sometimes...
January 03, 2022
“I wanted an American to become the first man in the world to go under 4 minutes indoors.”
By Simon Turnbull for World Athletics Heritage
Whenever Jim Beatty is asked to speak about his enduring niche in track & field history, as the first man to run an indoor Mile in less than 4 minutes, he...
February 05, 2020
The Chairman of the Boards: "I’m really pleased to make this donation of one of my Wanamaker trophies and my record-breaking spikes to the World Athletics Heritage Collection. I hope when publicly displayed they help boost interest in running.”
By Chris Turner for World Athletics
March 04, 2019
Ethiopian breaks legend Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old record; American Johnny Gregorek runner-up also sub-3:50
Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha smashed the world indoor record for the Mile, clocking 3:47.01 at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday afternoon,...
March 26, 2017
The O’Hara-Keelan sub-4 breakthroughs came 54 years apart.
By Paul O’Shea, Once Upon a Time in the Vest
"It’s a brick wall. I shall not attempt it again."
--John Landy, after running between 4:02 and 4:03 six times in 1953.
Fortunately for the track & field world, the determined...
June 15, 2016
"If someone gives me a challenge, I try to beat them. That's the type I am."
By Justin Breen, DNA info
The greatest Miler in Chicago's history still loves to run.
Even at age 74 — 52 years after setting a world record that stood for 10 years — Tom O'Hara relishes a 30-minute jog around his...
February 16, 2016
Longest standing Mile WR, 4:17.14 by Romania’s Doina Melinte from 1990, in jeopardy from 1500m world record holder
By Mike Rowbottom, IAAF
Genzebe Dibaba returns to the Globen Galan on Wednesday on Feb. 17 in search of a third consecutive world indoor record there at her only IAAF World...
January 17, 2016
“The track has a reputation of being a fast one, and that gave me a psychological advantage. And the crowd gave me a big lift.” - Eamonn Coghlan, The Chairman of the Boards
By John Maffei, San Diego Union Tribune
Tucked away in the bowels of the San Diego Sports Arena, there was a spike-worn,...
March 17, 2014
American teen beats Russian women and also sets indoor world record
By Bring Back the Mile
March 1972: The world was still embroiled in the Cold War, the Vietnam War was raging on and U.S. President Richard Nixon had recently returned from an official visit to Mao Zedong in China. To step on...
December 14, 2012
Forty years ago, a California teenager ran a race that shocked the world. It seemed important at the time. It's even more important now.
By Steve Friedman, Runner's World
They are sitting together at a round oak table in a sun-soaked living room on a mountain ridge in Ukiah, California,...
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