October 14, 2010
Kansas runner Jim Ryun, left, attempts to pass Missouri’s Glenn Ogden in this file photo. Ryun was the first high schooler to run a sub-four-minute mile. The distance isn’t run often at the high school level anymore.
President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.
The adidas-351 track spikes bear the numbers of Jim Ryun’s world-record mile (3:51.1) that stood for more than seven years, but Ryun didn’t always have shoes named after him. In fact, he didn’t always have shoes on his feet.