2014 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic to feature the Miracle Mile

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The 2014 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic is set for July 10th at Swangard Stadium and this 31st edition will be memorial in many ways.

The memory of Harry Jerome, the Olympic medalist and world record holder in the 100m is joined by the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Miracle Mile.

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This historic event 60 years ago marked the first time two runners dipped under the 4 minute barrier in the mile event.

Dr Roger Bannister of England met John Landy of Australia at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games here in Vancouver at Empire Stadium

 ”With only 90 yards to go in one of the world’s most memorable races, John Landy glanced over his left shoulder to check his opponent’s position.  At that instant Bannister streaked by him to victory in a Commonwealth record time of 3:58.8.  Landy’s second place finish in 3:59.6 marked the first time the four minute mile had been broken by two men in the same race.”

Plans for 2014 include a recreation of the Miracle Mile with the goal of current athletes breaking the 4 minute barrier once again.

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The IAAF World Junior Championships will be held July 22-27 in Eugene, Oregon. Athletes, who will be potential stars at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will be traveling from all corners of the globe to the Pacific Northwest this coming summer.

Athletics Canada is in contact with several countries, which have an interest in their National Teams competing and holding training camps in the Vancouver area.  These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Great Britain at this time.  Local competitions could include the UBC July 6, Victoria Track Classic July 8 and the Jerome Classic July 10. This could provide for a great opportunity for the U-20 nationals teams to compete over both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

The Greater Vancouver region provides several potential sites for training camps, which include UBC, SFU, Fortius Sport and Health, Abbotsford, Langley and Coquitlam.

Keep posted for further developments