Sport: The Princeton Mile

When the landscapist was laying out the football field in Princeton's Palmer Stadium in 1914. he decided that the sides of the field should be banked, started grading by digging a deep marginal moat. Belatedly it was pointed out that the proposed embankment would be dangerous to footballers forced out of bounds. Thereupon, the moat was turned into a cinder track whose unusual depth of ballast surprised one & all by providing a remarkably springy surface. Thus an accident accounts for what many a runner considers the world's fastest track, a smooth, black...

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