Are you inspired to run the Boston Marathon?

Are you inspired to run the Boston Marathon?

Set your goal, make it fun, and never give up. You can Do it.

Children are now racing more main stream. In New Hampshire, the have children running a complete marathon broke up into segments.Bill Rogers with my boy Aidan

How many people out there have the bucket list of running a marathon? But, never do because the unknown and fear. Teaching kids that it is fun, attainable and that they already have completed is a great start.

In Manchester classes of students finished the final run stretch of the Manchester NH Marathon. They had a registration, social event, excitement and achieved there goal. My son Aidan and his class also did the other 25 miles over a months time.

Key fact is that those little minds only remember crossing the finish line, the cheers, and want to do it again.

It was pretty cool to have Aidan meet 4 time marathon Winner Boston’s Bill Rogers.

Being able to run a 4 minute mile is the key.

Roger Bannister

This was finally achieved on May 6th 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer declared “The time was three…”, the cheers of the crowd drowned-out the details of the result, which was 3 min 59.4 sec.

Bannister’s record only lasted 46 days, and he was the first to admit that the 4-minute barrier had no actual significance. More notable was that he had reached this goal with so little training.

History of the Record for the Mile Run
Time 	Athlete 	        Country 	Year 	Location
4:36.5 	Richard Webster 	England 	1865 	England
4:29.0 	William Chinnery 	England 	1868 	England
4:28.8 	Walter Gibbs 	        England 	1868 	England
4:26.0 	Walter Slade 	        England 	1874 	England
4:24.5 	Walter Slade 	        England 	1875 	London
4:23.2 	Walter George 	        England 	1880 	London
4:21.4 	Walter George 	        England 	1882 	London
4:18.4 	Walter George 	        England 	1884 	Birmingham, England
4:18.2 	Fred Bacon 	       Scotland 	1894 	Edinburgh, Scotland
4:17.0 	Fred Bacon 	       Scotland 	1895 	London
4:15.6 	Thomas Conneff 	  United States 	1895 	Travers Island, N.Y.
4:15.4 	John Paul Jones 	United States 	1911 	Cambridge, Mass.
4:14.4 	John Paul Jones 	United States 	1913 	Cambridge, Mass.
4:12.6 	Norman Taber 	   United States 	1915 	Cambridge, Mass.
4:10.4 	Paavo Nurmi 	        Finland 	1923 	Stockholm
4:09.2 	Jules Ladoumegue 	 France 	1931 	Paris
4:07.6 	Jack Lovelock 	    New Zealand 	1933 	Princeton, N.J.
4:06.8 	Glenn Cunningham 	United States 	1934 	Princeton, N.J.
4:06.4 	Sydney Wooderson 	England 	1937 	London
4:06.2 	Gundar Hägg 	         Sweden 	1942 	Goteborg, Sweden
4:06.2 	Arne Andersson 	         Sweden 	1942 	Stockholm
4:04.6 	Gunder Hägg 	         Sweden 	1942 	Stockholm
4:02.6 	Arne Andersson 	         Sweden 	1943 	Goteborg, Sweden
4:01.6 	Arne Andersson 	         Sweden 	1944 	Malmo, Sweden
4:01.4 	Gunder Hägg 	         Sweden 	1945 	Malmo, Sweden
3:59.4 	Roger Bannister 	England 	1954 	Oxford, England
3:58.0 	John Landy 	      Australia 	1954 	Turku, Finland
3:57.2 	Derek Ibbotson 	        England 	1957 	London
3:54.5 	Herb Elliott 	      Australia 	1958 	Dublin
3:54.4 	Peter Snell 	     New Zealand 	1962 	Wanganui, N.Z.
3:54.1 	Peter Snell 	    New Zealand 	1964 	Auckland, N.Z.
3:53.6 	Michel Jazy 	         France 	1965 	Rennes, France
3:51.3 	Jim Ryun 	  United States 	1966 	Berkeley, Calif.
3:51.1 	Jim Ryun 	  United States 	1967 	Bakersfield, Calif.
3:51.0 	Filbert Bayi 	       Tanzania 	1975 	Kingston, Jamaica
3:49.4 	John Walker 	    New Zealand 	1975 	Goteborg, Sweden
3:49.0 	Sebastian Coe 	        England 	1979 	Oslo
3:48.8 	Steve Ovett 	        England 	1980 	Oslo
3:48.53 Sebastian Coe 	        England 	1981 	Zurich, Switzerland
3:48.40 Steve Ovett 	        England 	1981 	Koblenz, W. Ger.
3:47.33	Sebastian Coe 	        England 	1981 	Brussels
3:46.31	Steve Cram 	        England 	1985 	Oslo
3:44.39	Noureddine Morceli 	Algeria 	1993 	Rieti, Italy
3:43.13	Hicham El Guerrouj	Morocco	        1999	Rome, Italy

Bannister ran it on May 6th 1954 and Landy broke the record 6 weeks
later on June 21 1954.

Some experts feel that since over 20,000 people have know broke the 4 minute mile it is not genetics, not the shoes, but a clear vision the it  is possible or mind set. Telling the body that it just can be done.

5 Things You Didn’t Know: Boston Marathon 2013 American Elite Runners

April 4, 2013 1:57 PM

With no clear favorite entering the 2013 Boston Marathon, the nine American runners in the elite field all stand some chance of winning. And while you may have heard some of the names, here are five things you didn’t know about the Americans in the Boston Marathon elite field.

US's Mebrahtom Keflezighi celebrates after finishing fourth in the athletics event men's marathon during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London.  (Photo credit ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

US’s Mebrahtom Keflezighi celebrates after finishing fourth in the athletics event men’s marathon during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London. (Photo credit ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

1. First in 30 Years?

Meb Keflezigh was the first American in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon. He was also the first American in 28 years to win an Olympic medal in the Men’s Marathon event. At 37 years old, he calls winning the Boston Marathon the one career goal he has yet to accomplish. If he pulls it off, he’ll be the first American man to accomplish that feat in 30 years.


PS. Editors note. One of my greatest sports moments in my life was to watch my brother Paul Vigeant run the mile. At a young age he ran a 4:26 mile…. Now, that is inspiring….

Henry Vigeant

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