Would knowing one of the U.S. presidential candidates was a standout runner in high school influence your vote in 2016?
Bernie Sanders, 74, ran a 4:37 mile in high school and was also the captain of his high school cross-country team. Running a 4:37 mile on a cinder track is very fast for a high school athlete.
“I came in third in my junior year in the New York City public school one-mile,” Sanders told CNBC. “I think my best was 4:37, which is not superstar, but it’s pretty good.”
Sanders attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. before attending the University of Chicago. He’s now a Democratic candidate for President of the United States and, if elected, would be the oldest person to take the office at 75.
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There is also proof to back up some of the performances that Sanders alludes to.
“I was captain of my cross-country team, won a lot of cross-country meets and certainly won a lot of races,” Sanders told CNN.
Watch Sanders discuss his high school track and field career below:
Sanders is not the only U.S. politician with a running background.
Paul Ryan, currently the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, made headlines in 2012 when he claimed he ran a 2:50 marathon. After the time was questioned, Ryan later admitted that he ran 4:01:25.
Dating further back, George W. Bush ran 3:44:52 at the 2003 Houston Marathon.