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Benson: Jim Ryun and the Mile

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Decades ago, one lap around a high school or college track equaled a quarter of a mile. A race on the straight in front of the stands was the 100-yard dash and a half lap was 220 yards. Those two were the sprints. A single lap was the quarter-mile run and two laps was the half-mile run. Those were the middle distance races. Four laps was the mile run, and eight laps was the 2-mile run.

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