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The Jim Ryun Story Hardcover – January 1, 1967


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tafnews Press; 1st edition (1967)
  • ASIN: B0007DLFIG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Howard on October 27, 2005
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I first read The Jim Ryun story when I was a freshman in high school in 1978. Jim Ryun the was the first high school runner to break 4 minutes in the mile. When he was 19 he set the World Record, running a 3:51.3 mile in 1966. This book inspired me to work harder in my cross country and track work outs. I ran cross country and track at Fort Hays State University in Jim Ryun's native state of Kansas.
After I became a high school cross country and track coach in 1987 at my Alma Mater: Costa Mesa High School in Southern Californa, I went to the library and checked out the book again. The Jim Ryun Story also inspired me to become a better coach!
Jim Ryun is a true American Hero! I was thrilled to find a copy for sale on Amazon! I will keep it for the rest of my life!Jim Ryun is a true American Hero! This book is a must read! A great story with many awesome photos!
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This book follows Jim Ryun from his sophomore high school year to his junior year in college right before the 1968 Olympics. Jim Ryun's heyday when he set the mile world records. The fascinating part of this book is all of Jim Ryun's high school history, how he trained, his injuries, how he raced, both of his high school coaches tactics and strategies. Even detailing his mile races with 110 yard splits. Plus over 150 photos.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hurley VINE VOICE on June 12, 2005
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This is one of the most straight forward and exciting books ever written on Track and Field. Corder Nelson, one of the famed editors and writers from Track and Field News, captures Jim Ryun the competitor who was the first high schooler to break 4 minutes and of course later set the World Record that lasted for almost 9 years. From Track and Field News' archives, the book is complimented by Rich Clarkson's wonderful photograohs of Ryun racing in action shots throughout the book capturing the excitement of races and drama. Clarkson was the premier track and field photographer for his time. For example, Clarkson captures Ryun stealing a glance at Peter Snell at one of their two races at the starting line and then has a running pictorial of the race. This is a truly exciting book capturing the work outs, the races and determination of Jim Ryun and his coach Bob Timmons. Perhaps the most excitiung race is Ryun's 1964 Olympic trials race where he and famed miler Jim Grelle duel all the way to the line with Grelle diving for the finish. Only minutes later does either know who made the team. Ryun had an amazing tough mental ability to work hard, just look at the picture of Ryun running up an incredibly steep Kansas hill with the camera looking down on him. The race descriptions are fanatastic and Nelson makes you feel that you are watching the race unfold in person with his descriptions and Clarkson's pictures. This book was released before the 68 Olympics but it's still a great book on a wonderkid's development. A reprint second release is desperately needed.
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