Mile News Tagged Tim Layden


Horses & Human Runners Are Not so Different

May 03, 2018

"It’s such an intense pain. It starts in your gut and then fans out to your extremities. Your quads, your shoulders. By the end, it just feels like your whole body is on fire.” - Alan Webb

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

LOUISVILLE – There will come a moment, early Saturday evening in the...

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Athlete gets cancer. Athlete fights cancer. Repeat, again and again…

July 10, 2017

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but I have learned that the human mind and body are truly resilient. I rule nothing out.”

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

It was on the morning of Good Friday in 2009 when the runner first met her cancer. She was a fifth-year senior at Minnesota, sitting in...

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Bring Back the Mile Marks First Year

January 16, 2013

National movement to elevate and celebrate storied distance to expand beachhead in 2013; first-year anniversary contest ends Sunday, January 20, 2013

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (January 16, 2013) – On Friday, January 18, Bring Back the Mile, launched with a YouTube trailer video called “I am the...

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Wheating has another chance for stardom ... and not just in videos

June 27, 2012

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. -- When the Olympic track and field trials returned four years ago to the home of Prefontaine, Bowerman, impossibly pointy evergreens and the ubiquitous swoosh after a 36-year absence, it was an 11-day celebration of a sport that is loved in many...

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Sadly, U.S. track renaissance is leaving Alan Webb behind

June 26, 2012

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. - It has been all the talk for nearly a decade now, that middle- and long-distance running in the United States has been resurrected from the depths of the 1990s (when Bob Kennedy did pretty much all the work himself, and work that cannot be...

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Children of the Internet era, Webb, Ritzenhein know intense scrutiny

June 23, 2012

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. -- They were the lab rats. Test cases for the digital world that lay ahead and now greets every runner who shows a hint of promise, subjecting them to the scrutiny that comes with being fast young. It was the spring of 2001 and two runners born 14...

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Honoring the first sub-four minute mile, “My most memorable mile”

May 16, 2012

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

As part of his quest to restore the mile run to its proper place in track and field, Running USA's Ryan Lamppa created the website www.bringbackthemile.com. (Described here by SI's David Epstein in January). Most recently, Lamppa has asked visitors to his...

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Off to a Blazing Start

September 20, 2010

Less than six years after taking up distance running, Andrew Wheating has emerged as the next great American Miler

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

He ran not for crypto-religious reasons, but to win races, to cover ground fast. —John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

Most gifted young runners...

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Flyin’ Past Ryun

June 01, 2001

Astounding high schooler Alan Webb smashed Jim Ryun's 36-year-old HS record for the Mile at storied Hayward Field

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

There was little doubt that high school senior Alan Webb had arrived in Eugene, Ore. for Sunday's Prefontaine Classic physically ready to break ...

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Ready to Rock High Schoolers: Alan Webb & Dathan Ritzenhein

May 28, 2001

"It's great to write and read about these young guys now, but if you want to read about them in five or six years, my advice would be: Treat them gently."- coach Mark Wetmore

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

Two high school runners. One is a pure Miler named Jim Ryun, a slender junior from...

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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