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Week In Review: May 3-9

May 9th, 2014

Welcome to Running Warehouse’s first-ever week in review. We are excited to implement a new tradition here at the House and we hope it assists you in staying up on the latest running news. If you are unfamiliar with how this works, essentially, we provide an overview of notable happenings in the running world over the last week. We can’t promise the review will be comprehensive but content will be running specific and hopefully, informative. Don’t get me wrong, we love the latest LOLcats photos or trending hashtags, but this blog is dedicated to running and nothing else. So with no further delay, let’s begin.

The 60 year anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile barrier

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr. Bannister stated “more people have climbed Everest than have run a four-minute mile.” Although both achievements are incredibly impressive, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. However, even for the avid runner, breaking 4 minutes is noteworthy.  Since Mr. Bannister’s day, this standard still holds weight in measuring the prowess of runners. Sir Roger, we pay you homage for your victory and forever changing the sport of running.

Commemorative plaque at Iffley Road Track, Oxford, England

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Today in Running History: First Sub-4:00 Mile

May 6th, 2012

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under 4 minutes. His time of 3:59:40 at Iffley Road track in Oxford bested the standing World Record by 2 seconds and broke a barrier many people thought was impossible.

His record didn’t last long, however. John Landy, a rival Australian runner, logged a time of 3:58:00 less than two months after Bannister’s run. The World Record fell 7 more times over the next 20 years.

So how does Bannister’s achievement stack up today, nearly 60 years later? Pretty well, actually. Sure, there are countless runners who can break the 4 minute mark now, but the current World Record time of 3:43:17 (held by Hicham El Guerrouj) is less than 17 seconds faster than Bannister’s record. And back in 2005, Bannister’s mile time was named the “Greatest Athletic Achievement” according to Forbes Magazine.

It’s worth taking a few minutes to watch the full race to see Bannister’s awe-inspiring performance:

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