Race like the wind? Go right ahead

An Olympic hopeful's perspective on speed

For a long time, people thought it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes. But when Roger Bannister ran a 3:59.4 mile in 1954, people realized it could be done. In the next twelve months, three hundred runners broke the four-minute barrier. John Stanton and Nick Lees, "Sharing a Dream," The Runner's Lifestyle Log (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Lone Pine Publishing, 1999) . Then, in time, those runners' records were broken. A correction was made in the July 3, 2000 Sentinel: "The article "Race like the wind? Go right ahead." in the May 22, 2000, issue stated that three hundred runners broke the four-minute mile barrier in the twelve months after Roger Bannister first broke that record in May 1954. It should have stated that in the next three—and—a—half years, sixteen other runners broke the four-minute mile."

Have you ever wondered how far such progress will take us? Certainly, it has to take some amount of time to run a mile, one assumes, but what is the absolute minimum? Maybe there is no minimum. After all, Christ Jesus transported himself instantaneously (see John 6:21).

Of course, you may be asking yourself, "What does Jesus have to do with modern-day athletics?" Well, in overcoming the limits of time and space, he achieved what every athlete works toward, for nearly every sport involves conquering these limitations.

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May 22, 2000

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