June 17, 2017
Legend and three-time Olympian marks 50th anniversary of Mile world record: "One of the easiest races of my life."
Bob Burns for USATF
Jim Ryun was used to setting world records, so his 3:51.1 Mile at the 1967 AAU Championships hardly came as a surprise. What surprised him was how effortless...
June 12, 2017
Another U.S. high schooler just went under four, which inspired us to trace the milestone's roots, starting with legend Roger Bannister
By Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online
In early June, Reed Brown, a Texas high school senior, became the tenth U.S. high schooler in history to run the Mile...
May 23, 2017
Ryun’s high school coach, Bob Timmons, was formerly a swimming coach, and he more or less trained Ryun as a swimmer.
By Runner's Tribe
The first American high school athlete to run a sub-4 Mile, multiple world record holder, Olympic 1500m silver medalist. Jim Ryun to this day is an American...
April 29, 2017
“Coach Timmons would reach way down in our souls, find these amazing talents and pull them out."
By Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World
Somewhere, sitting on a basketball team’s bench or listed way down on a football squad’s depth chart, or standing in front of a gymnasium door searching in...
April 27, 2017
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...
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...
November 19, 2016
"I've encouraged the next generations of runners, which is in part what my wife and I like to do. So many people have contributed to who we are that it's an opportunity to give back to the next generation."
By Steve Navaroli, LancasterOnline
As a three-time Olympian and politician, Jim Ryun...
October 28, 2016
We need to be far more fan-friendly and that’s why I’m so pleased with ‘Bring Back the Mile’ and what they have been able to do. It’s one of those efforts where we realize they are investing in the future and the public and it helps people to identify with it all.
By Gary Cohen,...
October 23, 2016
Rodgers, Ryun, Decker Slaney, Lindgren & Prefontaine
By Rodney Harwood, Columbia Basin Herald
I realize the “Running Boom” done boomed, and I’ll be the first to tell you I can’t name a single American distance runner in the past 20 years. Well, except for Galen Rupp, who became the first U.S....
October 13, 2016
A Jim Ryun Prediction Mile will also be held at the high school track on Sunday, Nov. 13.
By Paula Wolf, Lancaster Online
Three-time Olympian and former congressman Jim Ryun — the first high schooler to break the 4-minute Mile — is coming to Lancaster County next month for a series of...
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