Congratulations on the excellent article on Kevin Knox, the first great age-group runner. Although all his records will eventually be broken, he is the first runner to establish outstanding times by which others can set their standards.
As competent physiologists have been preaching for years, track and field, and particularly distance running, is 10 years behind the swimmers, figure skaters and gymnasts. With programs such as Kevin's, the mile will eventually be run in 3:40, and runners who start later than age seven or eight will not be able to compete.
The first National Age Group Championship for boys and girls will be held June 5 in Washington and in Bakersfield, Calif. Entry blanks can be obtained from Dale Knox, 714 Sixth Street, Wasco. Calif. 93280 or Gabe Mirkin, M.D., 14411 Butternut Court, Rockville, Md. 20853.
GABE MIRKIN, M.D.