Jim Ryun and the Sub-4 Minute Mile

I had an opportunity last night meet Jim Ryun at the 2nd Annual Nebraska FCA Legacy Banquet.  I purchased a signed copy of his book, “The Courage to Run.”  Jim spoke at the banquet, and had a tremendous message to share with the audience of nearly 500.  His message was about the challenges he has had in his life, how he overcame them, and what he has learned from them.  If you are not familiar with Jim Ryun, he was one of the running “Giants.”  There are certain names in the running world that nearly everybody knows, because of what they have accomplished, and Jim Ryun is one of those names.  In 1965, Jim set the male High School Mile record at 3:55.3-a record that stood for 36 years!  He participated in three summer Olympic Games in 1964, 1968 and 1972, winning a silver medal in the 1,500 meter run in 1968.  Jim also held the world record in the mile, 1,500 meters and 880 yards.  After his running career, Jim served as a Congressman for the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas.  After hearing Jim’s message last night, I was so impressed!  He is a man of trustworthy character, faith, and courage-he has such an incredible story.  Jim Ryun has a running camp, and you can learn more about the camp online at http://www.ryunrunning.com/default.asp.  Also, enjoy the following clip of Jim setting the world record in the mile in 1967 with a time of 3:51.1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlwS0Fyq8vk.  I encourage you to learn more about Jim, his story, and his book.

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