Sport: The Big Mile

For two hours the jampacked thousands in Madison Square Garden had watched a kaleidoscopic spectacle: a multitude of lithe young men in multicolored jerseys whirling through the early events of indoor track's classic Millrose Games. But at 10 p.m. the Garden lights dimmed. The jogging regiments of runners gathered quietly in the infield. A spotlight was turned on a huge U.S. flag. The band brassily essayed The Star-Spangled Banner and a fight-night baritone swelled his chest and shamelessly drowned it out.

When the lights went up again, six deceptively slim and pale-skinned runners...

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