Jim Ryun | Track and Field Legend and Congressman

Jim Ryun

Track and Field Legend and Congressman

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Jim Ryun

When Olympian, All-American, United States Congressman (retired) & 2020 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Jim Ryun speaks from experience about dreaming big and how failures can guide you to your true gifting, you can't help but be inspired. Especially when you know a little bit about his remarkable life's journey. That journey has led him from being cut from the church baseball team to being rated by ESPN as the number one high school athlete of the century, beating out Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Jim represented the United States of America on three Olympic Teams (Winning the World Silver in the 1500m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics) and help numerous world records in the mile, 1500 meters, 800 meters, and 880 yards. He was the first high school boy to run the mile in under 4 minutes in June 1964. His achievements to this day garner media attention, having begun with ABC's wide world of sports and the Today Show, continuing with appearances on Fox News, ESPN, and the 700 Club. He has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated 7 times, Newsweek, Runner's World, Parade Magazine, and featured in many newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to his running career as well as his expertise as a former United States Congressman. Over the last 50 years, he has spoken to thousands at various conferences, workshops, clinics, running camps, churches, prayer breakfasts, men's conferences, and political meetings. He is a frequent contributor to various publications. He has authored a number of books with his sons, the most recent, Courage to Run, is a 60-day devotional reflecting on his life as an athlete, husband, parent, and US congressman.

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Dreaming Big
Have You Reached Your Potential?

How large is your dream? Are you adventurous enough to explore the setting and realizing goals outside of your comfort zone? Jim will share some time-tested steps that have led him to be the youngest middle-distance runner to make the 1964 United States Olympic Team as a junior in high school. He would become the first high school boy to run a mile under four minutes while a junior in high school. With God's help, Jim would make three Olympic Teams, become a multi-world record holder in several running events including the mile. He is the last American to hold the World Record in the MIle. These same principles led him to serve 5 terms as a US Congressman from Kansas. Most recently he was the honored recipient of the President Medal Of Freedom, the highest honor presented by the President of the United States to a United States citizen. Jim's steps to achieving your goals are time tested and proven. Are you willing to risk failure to secure your true potential?

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The Courage to Runby Jim Ryun

The Courage to Run

by Jim Ryun

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