Glenn Cunningham ran the mile in 4:06.8 minutes, breaking the world’s record.
His effort portrays that whatever you want to create in your life is yours for
the making. As long as you desire it enough and allow your will to guide you,
you can have and be whatever your heart desires. The only one that can put
limits on our personal will is ourselves. Develop and encourage your will to
create and all the forces of nature within and without will help you bring your
desire to pass.
- 8 years old, was horribly burned in a schoolhouse fire.
Doctors predicted he would never walk again.
- 22 months later, took his first steps and through sheer
determination, learned to run despite the pain.
- In high school, set records for the mile and later
attended Kansas University.
- While at Kansas, refused all scholarship money,
preferring to pay his own way.
- By sophomore year, ran the 1,500 meter race at the 1932
Olympics, but finished fourth due to a severe cold.
- By senior year, set a world record for the mile of
4:06.8 and held seven of the top 13 fastest recorded times for the mile.
- In 1936, voted “Most Popular Athlete” by his fellow
- He went on to earn a master’s degree from University of
Iowa and later a doctorate from New York University.
- While in New York, won 21 of 31 races at Madison Square
Gardens and set an indoor mile record there in 1938. His fastest
mile time was 4:04.4 at a Dartmouth track meet in 1938.
- When the 1940 Olympics were cancelled, he retired from
his running career and taught at Cornell College in Iowa.
- During World War II, he served two years in the Navy.
Spent the remainder of his life running the
Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch for troubled kids in Kansas, USA. It is
estimated that he and his wife raised around 9,000 kids on their ranch in the
years until his death in 1988.