On this day in 1951, one of the most legendary US runners that will ever lived, was born.
His legendary status comes not from his running achievements, but from his running mentality. He was a fierce competitor that was taken from the world far too early, but he lives on in the minds of runners worldwide.
To celebrate the man, take some time to watch him in action and recognize his mindset.
”Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”
”I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”
”A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding.”
”Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s style. It’s doing something better than everyone else. It’s being creative.”
”It really gets grim until the competition begins. You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”