November 05, 2015
Record setting, Olympic trio hail from Kansas, the Sunflower State
By Bring Back the Mile
Kansas is known for its expansive wheat fields, but it has also amazingly grown three of the greatest Milers in history: Glenn Cunningham, Wes Santee and Jim Ryun. Consider below the impressive...
October 30, 2014
Presented by HOKA ONE ONE, the interview series speaks with Trevor Darmstetter, Race Director for the inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship.
By Bring Back the Mile
It's typically difficult to find road Mile events after September in the U.S., but the inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship,...
April 25, 2014
Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulty)
Kansas’ state motto, “To the stars through difficulty,” perfectly encapsulates the feelings of those that struggle to realize a dream, and in particular their running dreams. The...
April 23, 2013
Lesser-known runners larger-than-life champions in their day
By Roger Robinson, Running Times
Name the only American middle-distance runner to win four Olympic gold medals. Which great American Miler was rejected by the New York police because of a suspect heart?
Which famous American...
October 28, 2012
I didn’t matter what the seconds were. Bannister was under four minutes.
By Ed Cullen, The Advocate
Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-4 minute Mile in history in 1954, was the hero of high school middle distance runners in the 1960s.
Reading Neal Bascomb’s book, “The Perfect Mile,” has...
April 22, 2012
By Carroll McKibben, Des Moines Register
The Drake Relays might have been the site of the first 4-minute mile. That opportunity never occurred, however, because of a decision made, ironically, by a former Drake University track coach, Bill Easton. The popular Easton coached the Bulldogs and...
August 27, 1956
A stirring tradition of U.S. distance running is dying on the vine. What are the reasons, and what should be done to bring it back?
By David Richardson, Sports Illustrated
The most extraordinary thing about the once elusive 4 minute Mile in recent weeks has been the almost casual manner in...
March 12, 1956
In an atmosphere of confusion a great Miler scores two triumphs which could be his last
By Roy Terrell, Sports Illustrated
This is the story of a foot race destined to go down in track history as the Blackstone Mile—the only race in the memory of even the oldest AAU official (and not even the...
February 14, 1955
Gunnar Nielsen won the famed Mile and set a world record of 4:03.6 in doing it, but hardly anyone noticed, for behind the Dane, Wes Santee and Fred Dwyer were wrestling each other down the stretch
By Robert Creamer, Sports Illustrated
NEW YORK - There are those who say it was the best running...