Jim Ryun was a member of the Armed Services, Budget and Financial Service Committees. Jim served as a citizen-statesman with a commitment to honesty and integrity.
Ryun achieved national acclaim as a track and field star while a high school student in Wichita, Kansas. In 1965 Jim set the male high school mile record of 3:55.3 – a record that stood for 36 years. He was the first high school boy to run the mile in under 4 minutes.
Jim participated in three summer Olympic games: Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, and Munich 1972, winning a silver medal in the 1500 metres in 1968. Jim also held the World record in the mile, 1500 meters and 880 yards.
He turned professional shortly after the 1972 Olympic games. Jim is the founder and president of Jim Ryun sports, Inc., a public relations company. He has also partnered with the resound Hearing Aid Co., creating his own program “Sounds of Success,” aimed at helping hearing impaired children fulfil their potential.
Currently, Jim has represented Adidas as a world-wide representative.
The inaugural “Jim Ryun Dream Mile” was held June 12, 2010 in conjunction with the Adidas Grand Prix (Randall’s Island, NY). The annual event showcases the best male and female prep milers and challenges young runners to become “The Next Jim Ryun”.
Since 1973, Ryun and his family have hosted the Adidas Jim Ryun Running Camps every summer for young as well as adult runners held in Gettysburg, PA (Gettysburg college) and Ft Collins, CO (Colorado State University).
Jim and his sons, Ned and Drew, have co-authored three books: Heroes Among Us, The Courage To Run, and in Quest of Gold - The Jim Ryun Story.
Married in January of 1969, Jim and Anne Ryun live in Washington, D.C. They have four adult children, and ten grandchildren. Jim and Anne are members of and attend Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia.
Ryun is also a former Representative from Kansas and was born in Wichita, Sedgewick County, Kansas April 29, 1947. He graduated from Wichita East High School, Wichita, KS in 1965 with a B.A. from University of Kansas in Photojournalism, Lawrence, KS. in 1970.
Elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; became a member of the One Hundred Fourth Congress under the provisions of Kansas State Law on November 27, 1996, re-elected to the One Hundred Sixth Congress and to the three succeeding Congress (November 27, 1996-January 3, 2007).
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