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Track & Field – 1976 Melrose Games – Wanamaker Mile & Mens 60 yd Hurdles & Mens 60 Yd Dash


The Millrose Games is an annual indoor athletics meet (track and field) held each February in New York City.  The games were started when employees of the New York City branch of Wanamaker’s department store formed the Millrose Track Club to hold a meet. The featured event is the Wanamaker Mile.  The Millrose Games began in 1908 at a local armory the same year when its parent….the Millrose Athletic Association… was formed as a recreational club by the employees of the John Wanamaker Department Store. “Millrose” was the name of the country home of Rodman Wanamaker.  In 1914, after overflowing the armory the year before….the Millrose Games moved to Madison Square Garden….and until 2011 was the oldest continuous sporting event held there. For 10 years beginning in 1916….the Wanamaker 1 ½ Mile race was a highlight of the meet. Run for the last time in 1925….the final edition was won by Paavo Nurmi…..the nine-time Olympic gold medalist from Finland.  In 1926, the distance was shortened….and the Wanamaker Mile was born. It has often been run at 10 p.m…..a carryover from the days beginning in the 1930’s….when legendary sports announcer Ted Husing would broadcast the race live on his 10 p.m. radio show. Marking its 81st running last year….the Wanamaker Mile has been won by 44 different men…..including such luminaries as Glenn Cunningham, Kip Keino, Tony Waldrop, Filbert Bayi, Steve Scott, Noureddine Morceli, Bernard Lagat, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ron Delany….and, of course, the Irish legend whose name is synonymous with the event, Eamonn Coghlan.  Known as the “Chairman of the Boards” for his dominance on the old wooden Millrose track….the Irishman won the mile here an astonishing seven times….a feat surpassed only by Bernard Lagat….who won his eighth Wanamaker Mile in 2010.  An extra treat in this video is College and NFL football star running back Hershel Walker in the 60m dash….for he was a world class sprinter….in addition to being one of the greatest running backs of all time.

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