Sport: Vertical Milers

Clyde Ormsby, Colorado steelworker, removed his false teeth just after the starting gun, gave them to a highway patrolman. Gordon Mace of Estes Park, greased from head to toe, collapsed. John Sutak, onetime Colorado College footballer, sandwiched between signs advertising "Sutak's Peanuts," sprinted ahead of the field, dropped out from exhaustion after two miles. An ambulance followed the procession, picked up those who fell. For those who survived, barrels of water—placed a mile apart—served as combination drinking troughs and bathing pools.

Such was the scene that greeted U. S. sightseers who went...

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