Sport: Bottomless Bruce

Distance running is for ascetics. By tradition, the sport is dominated by men with little natural speed who love to lope and to win. Such men are willing to undertake years of thankless training to whip their bodies into lean and tireless machines. They must discipline their will to the self-torture of laboring lap after lap, mile after mile. Most of the top distance runners are well into their 20s, and often beyond. But this year the perennial stars are being run into the boards by a Canadian high school senior: 17-year-old Bruce Kidd,...

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