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If you like distance running at all....wait, if you are a living and breathing human being and somehow found this site, you MUST read at least a couple of the vintage running articles below.

These are all taken from the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED VAULT, a site I thank the Good Lord for everyday!

Take an hour or so and read through some amazing stories of running past.

I'll update this page as much as I can with new links.

John Walker- "Sub 4 at 40?"

This guy was truly "old school". Working on the far and in the quarries...did I mention he was one of the baddest runners in the 70's?

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Emil Zatopek- "A Bridge to Long Ago".

"I became a sports spy," Emil says. "I could read all of the languages, so my job was to read foreign sports periodicals to see what the coaches in other countries were doing."

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Steve Prefontaine- " A Final Drive to the Finish."

Hours after winning yet another race with a surging kick, distance runner Steve Prefontaine was killed in a car crash- Kenny Moore (track's best writer).

"Where are the best runners?" he said, coldly. "Does the AAU have any of them on their wonderful televised schedule? Hell, no. For me, running against the Poles and Czechs would be like running against high school kids."

The U.S. System: "Where Have All Our Milers Gone?"

"We used to laugh about it," says 1964 Olympic 800- and 1,500-meter champion Snell, who is now a research instructor in physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas . "When we came over for races, here were these talented college runners having to double or triple and take a leg on the medley relay. I knew guys who entered college as promising 4:12 milers and who graduated as 4:12 milers."

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