Ryun to speak at Huntington track-and-field dinner

FOR RELEASE
2007-08-22
Huntington, Ind.—Acclaimed track-and-field star Jim Ryun will serve as the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Huntington University track and field team.

The public is welcome to attend the event to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the upper level of Habecker Dining Commons. Tickets are available for $25 through the university’s Athletic Department by calling (260) 359-4212 or through Tom King, head coach of the track and field team, at (260) 359-4256.

Jim Ryun achieved national recognition as a track-and-field star as a high school student in Wichita, Kansas. In 1965, Ryun set the male high school mile record of 3:55.3 – a record that stood for 36 years. He participated in three Summer Olympic Games: 1964, 1968, and 1972, winning a silver medal in the 1500-meter run in 1968. Ryun also held the world record in the mile, 1500 meters and 880 yards.

Ryun served five terms in the U.S. Congress, representing the Second Congressional District of Kansas. He was a member of the Armed Services, Budget and Financial Services Committees.

He is the founder and president of Jim Ryun Sports, Inc., a public relations company. He also has partnered with the ReSound Hearing Aid Co., creating his own program “Sounds of Success,” aimed at helping hearing impaired children fulfill their potential.

Married in January of 1969, Jim and Anne Ryun live in Lawrence, Kansas. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.

He is the author of two books, “The Courage to Run” and “Heroes Among Us.” Through 60 devotional readings in “The Courage to Run,” Ryun and his sons and co-authors provide practical principles to live by to help readers navigate life’s challenges.

In “Heroes Among Us,” Ryun shares several stories of quiet historical heroes who have been largely ignored by popular culture.

For more information about Huntington University athletics, log on to www.huntington.edu/athletics.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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Ashley C. Smith
Associate Director for Media Relations
260.359.4171
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
260.359.4284