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Local runners to celebrate 59th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s 4-minute mile

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm with No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:27 pm

Monday is the 59th anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub four minute mile and for the 10th year in a row local runners plan to celebrate.

There is no fee to join in the 1-mile run on the Wilson High track, said organizer Yannick Kiefer-Fourage. Anybody who breaks four minutes wins $1,000, he said.

The event record is 4:39, set by former Sound to Narrows champ Eric Tollefson.

Runners of all speeds are invited and the event will begin with a short children’s run. The Fort Steilacoom Running Club will electronically time the event so participants can see precisely how much slower they are than Sir Bannister.

The Wilson track is home to this event because it is a rarity, 440 yards. Four laps on the track equals one mile. Four laps on a standard 400-meter track leaves runners nine meters short of a mile.


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