29 Jul '15, 7pm

The story of a track star whose speed legitimized the sport in America:

This is the story of Laurence E. Myers, a track star whose blazing speed brought American track and field out of the dark ages of sack and three-legged races and legitimized the sport. Whose epic 1882 duel against Britain's best miler mirrored the race for global supremacy between the U.S. and England. Whose go-for-broke style dazzled audiences and critics alike. It's also the story of a man who raced to the top, only to slip into obscurity. He traveled to England hungry. A lean and ropy young man who stood 5'8" and weighed 112 pounds, Lon Myers was 23 years old that summer of 1881, and the pride of the Manhattan Athletic Club. He ran with his bony arms held low, his skull wrapped pirate-style in a bandanna, and he held national titles in the 100 and 220, and world records in the 440, 880, and 1,000 yards. He had no equal in the U.S.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/rise-of-a-run...

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