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.

Bernie Sanders

The Brooklyn Championships in 1957. Photo: MileSplit.

“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.


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  • Anthony Joseph Gomes says:

    the time 4:37 is not behind sanders name but behind the 5th place finisher? what does 4:37 mean here?

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