This outstanding middle distance runner from England was scientifically coached by his father, Peter, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records between 1979 and 1983. His 800 meter mark of 1:41.73 lasted from 1981 until 1997. He captured both Gold and Silver medals from the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympic games and is often remembered for his rivalry with fellow countrymen Steve Cram and Steve Ovett. Coe retired from running in 1989 and has since held numerous political and sporting appointments. Watch Sebastian Coe running in the following titles:
Running Theory: From Mile to Marathon. This 1990 release has been out of print and availability for many years yet now there is a unique opportunity to own your own copy of this video. The host of this video, Paul Cummings, died in September 2001 in a boating accident at the age of 48. As a tribute to Paul a limited number of this video will be offered for sale through Eclecon.com with half of the proceeds going directly to Paul's family. He is survived by his wife and four children. If you are unaware of Cummings' accomplishments they are many:
In this 31 minute video you will learn about "Consistency Training" which is an adaptation to Arthur Lydiard's four step "Phase Training". The four components of consistency training include: Upper body strength training, endurance training, 70% effort training, and anaerobic capacity training. Sample workouts, weekly schedules, and peaking are all discussed as the goal is to raise the anaerobic endurance threshold level to improve performance. The video discusses high mileage and daily doubles, however, even if you do not plan on training at such a high intensity level there is still something for you. Most of this video was filmed at Snow Canyon State Park in Southern Utah. The St. George Marathon runs right past Snow Canyon and it is beautiful beyond belief with bright sun, sand dunes, and amazing rock formations. When I have been out running in the Winter conditions I have used these images for visualization and it is like going on a splendid vacation in my mind. This video is accompanied by a 16 page workbook to provide additional information. Go to the link above to order your copy of this informative instructional video.
- He overcame allergy problems to set the BYU mile record in 1974 (3:56.4)
- NCAA mile Champion and five-time All American in college
- Three-time American Indoor Record holder for 1500 meters
- World and American Record Holder in the Half Marathon, 1:01:32 set in 1983 in Dayton, OH
- Participated in the 10,000 meters at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
- American Road Record holder at 20K with a time of 59:13 set in 1987
- Winner of the first ever U.S. National Half-Marathon in 1987 and his time is still the fastest performance yet for this event at 1:02:32
- He was a director for the Wolf Creek Running camp for elite high school runners
- He still holds the course record for the St. George Marathon having ran 2:15:16 in 1981
Named the "Olympic Athlete of the Century", Carl Lewis’ list of films that capture the spectacular performances is also quite impressive. You will not have to look very far to see Carl's four Olympic appearances. In Olympic competition he won nine golds and one silver medal in addition to his 11 World and 16 American Records outdoors. Visit his official web site at Carl Lewis.com where you can navigate in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese. The content is extensive with numerous photos and don't forget to view the five page Career Facts & Statistics before deciding which of the following videos to seek out.
Billy Mills is the only American to have won the 10,000 meter track event in Olympic competition. His dramatic upset over World Record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia in the 1964 Tokyo games also earned him the American and Olympic record (28:24.4). Many people still consider this the greatest upset in Olympic history, although Mills set his sights, and his training for this race, many years in advance. He only ran nine 10K races in his career with the Olympic gold being his fifth go at the distance. He ran the marathon twice, earning the third spot on the Olympic team by running 2:27:29 and running 2:22:56 in Olympic competition, fading from 4th to 14th over the last mile and a half due to dehydration. In 1965 he set the World Record for six miles by running 27:11.6 and he held the American records in the 3,000 (both indoors and outdoors) and 3-mile indoor mark. Mills has been honored by induction into six halls of fame including the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984 and that same year he assisted in carrying the Olympic Flag into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the opening ceremony. An additional biography can be read at RunningPast.com. Movies that contain footage of Billy Mills include:
This three time Olympic medalist set four world records in lowering the 400 meter hurdle mark to 47.02. However, Edwin Moses may be best known for his nine year, nine month and nine day winning streak of 107 races (122 counting all heats) and his scientific training approach in mastering thirteen strides between hurdles. When you turn to the silver screen keep your eyes peeled for a cameo appearance in Personal Best, although you are most likely interested in his running performances that are captured in the following films:
No athlete has been shown or portrayed running in more movies and videos than Jesse Owens. With over 35 titles listed here you don't have to look far to see what made this four event gold medalist from the 1936 Berlin Olympics such an inspiration to the world. Although Leni Riefenstahl's coverage, Olympia: Part One- Festival of the People, is the most often displayed footage, and is one of the greatest documentaries ever, if I could have only one tape in my collection it would be the 30 minute title Greatest Sports Legends: Jesse Owens as it shows him running the sprints, hurdling, long jumping, and competing in the short relay. This tape is hard to find, although the range of competition is greater as it shows the Big Ten Finals and NCAA championships in 1935 as well as competing in the Penn Relays, Madison Square Garden, and of course the Olympic Games. Owens is also shown discussing the races as well as giving speeches.
When film descriptions were posted on this site in 2002 who would have known that an Olympic semifinal race would be the most requested piece of running footage. It goes to show that the act of running is often remembered more for the relationships and personal qualities rather than the time posted on the scoreboard. Many requests from coaches, youth group leaders, choir directors, and many others who have asked how they could obtain the 1992 Barcelona Olympic 400 meter semifinal featuring Redmond, with his father assisting him during the homestretch of this emotion event after pulling his hamstring. Redmond, at that time representing Great Britian with a personal best time of 44.5 seconds, is now a motivational speaker. He maintains a website at Derek Redmond.com and you can find footage of his race from only a few select productions:
In 1980, Salazar ran and won his first New York City Marathon. At the time it was the fastest marathon debut in history. In 1981, Salazar broke a 12-year old world marathon record at New York with a time of 2:08:13. He went on to win New York a third consecutive time in 1982, the last time an American would rein victorious over the New York City Marathon. Salazar’s victory over Dick Beardsley at the 1982 Boston Marathon is hailed as the most memorable battle in the history of the Boston Marathon. From the beginning Salazar and Beardsley ran together, each leading at different points throughout the course. The last mile was an out and out battle for the finish with Salazar outkicking Beardsley for the victory. Throughout his career, he set six U.S. records and one world record. After a long absence from the sport to focus on his health, Salazar returned in 1994 to compete as an ultra-marathoner. He won the world famous Comrades Marathon, a 53-mile race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Today, Salazar travels the world representing running for Nike. He conducts running clinics for children and young adults throughout the country, as well as writing books and coaching the "Oregon Project", a group of elite runners.
Some people attribute the running boom of the 1970's to the marathon victory of Frank Shorter during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games (running 2:12:20, he finished over two minutes ahead of silver medalist Karel Lismont of Belgium). Shorter won numerous titles, an Olympic silver medal in the marathon in 1976 and won great races such as Bolder Boulder, Bloomsday, Peachtree and Fukuoka four years in a row. He has been far more involved in the sport of running beyond just racing (clothing company, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, television commentary, and professional speaking) and to learn more about this outstanding athlete who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, visit his official web site at Run Frank Shorter.com or watch any of these film appearances:
- Athletics 3, The Marathon 1999, PAL format from Australia
- Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story Insightful contribution of that period
- Frank Shorter’s Run!: The Definitive Guide for Runners 1984 instructional video
- Going for the Gold: Preview of the 1988 Summer Olympics Historical still photos
- Going the Distance 1983, 7 minute, 16mm film
- The Golden Games: The History of the Modern Olympic Games 1896-2004
- Great American Road Races As a "Master Runner"
- Marathon: A History of the Great Race
- Olympiad Series: The Marathon Documentary by Bud Greenspan
- Olympic Track & Field- Men 1988 Seoul NBC commentator
- Olympic Track & Field- Women 1988 Seoul NBC commentator
- Olympica: America’s Gold. Volume One, Great Moments of Track and Field
IOC archival footage from 1972 Games in Munich, Germany
- Olympics: The Eternal Torch More Munich coverage
- Prefontaine 1997, portrayed by actor Henri Lubatti
- The Pursuit of Excellence 1978, 16mm film
- Stolen Gold Commentary about doping
- Visions of Eight 1973, segment entitled "The Longest" by director John Schlesinger
- Without Limits1999, portrayed by actor Jeremy Sisto and Frank plays the role of announcer "Fred Long"
This policeman from Finland will always be remembered for his "double distance double" by winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic games. His marathon debut was in the Montreal Olympics where he placed fifth. His first gold medal was for the 10,000 meters, where he fell at the 4K mark and then rose to break Ron Clarke's seven year old world record by running 27:38.4 (he blazed the last two laps in 1:56.2). Viren was a national hero in Finland being the first distance gold medal winner since the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was further honored by carrying the Finnish flag during the "parade of nations" in Montreal. In the 1980 Moscow Olympics 10,000 Viren put it all on the line, although came home in fifth place for his last Olympic competition. He preferred training in the solitude of the woods and high mileage base work for this athlete who showed great sisu: the ability to believe, to persevere under adverse conditions, to never quit, and endure.The Olympiad Series: The Magnificent Ones will provide you with running action as well as commentary of Viren's accomplishments.
(September 19, 1922 - November 22, 2000)
Emil Zátopek from Czechoslovakia is best known for winning three gold medals in eight days during the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games. He set Olympic records in each of the three events: the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and marathon. In addition to setting 18 world records, from 5K to 30K, he is credited with revolutionizing training methods by using intense interval sessions. For a more complete biography read a profile from Running Past.com. To see his intensity, determination, and unique running style watch one of the following films: