50 Years Ago Today, History Was Made
“I was real discouraged, because I thought I had run poorly, and here they had brought me all the way to the (West) coast for this meet. I thought I had blown my opportunity for four minutes.”
– Jim Ryun, recounting in The Jim Ryun Story what he thought after he finished a mile race in California exactly 50 years ago today. In reality, Ryun had become the first HSer to break 4:00. Past stars like Alan Webb, Mary Decker and Deena Kastor will celebrate that feat today at a great Jim Ryun Festival of Miles in San Diego.
Track and Field News has a great piece explaining how Ryun’s sub-4 wasn’t that big of a deal when it was run and wasn’t close to the top story on the meet. Rather, the 5k which included Gerry Lindgren‘s 13:44 HS mark was called “the best race I’ve ever seen.”