Note: I actually wrote this nearly 2 years ago now (hence the references to 2012 Olympic Trials), but with Alan Webb's recent retirement from competitive track racing, I dug it up and offer it as a small tribute to the guy largely responsible for the revitalization of American mid-distance running. Alan ran his final mile over the weekend at the Millrose Games, site of his first sub 4 minute mile over a decade ago as a high schooler. In our what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, it's easy to forget his accomplishments. If you think about it, most track athletes move up in distance as they get older, or leave the track for the marathon. Alan was a miler - is a miler - period.
The fastest American to ever run a mile deserves some respect.
And in case you haven't read this terrific piece yet, do it.
The Unsung Glory of the Mile Run
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