Jim Ryun was an incredible runner, who added a lot of hard training to his natural talent to achieve great success as a teenager. This event will be good to teach young runners about America's world record holder in the mile.
Ryun was seriously overtrained for a HS kid but he was immensely talented and a true legend so respect due.. As a coach I have to wonder home many kids will even meet these entry standards. I am assuming they are going for US / North American runners but as of today there is only one US runner who has that standard. A great idea but I have a feeling if they want a competitive field it will end up being more like 4:07 for 1600 for the boys and 4:45 or so for the girls.