Luc Bruchet

VANCOUVER – Luc Bruchet is getting ready to take part in a unique event on Thursday night at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby.
The UBC Thunderbirds runner is one of 10 athletes who will be competing in the meet’s marquee race, the Miracle Mile Invitational, which will honour the 60th anniversary of the first-ever sub-four minute mile, run by Roger Bannister in 1954, and the famous Bannister-John Landy Miracle Mile at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver. The duel between Bannister and Landy marked the first time two men ran a mile in less than four minutes in the same race. A statue of the two rounding the final corner sits near the old Empire Stadium at the PNE.

“Running the Miracle Mile Thursday is going to be an awesome experience,” says Bruchet. “It’s not often we get to race a mile these days, and the fact that it’s the 60th anniversary of the first time the four-minute barrier was broken makes it all that more special. It’s pretty exciting to be in a race with some of North America’s best milers, hopefully everybody is eager to get out there and run hard. For me it is pretty much the last race of my season, so I’m looking to be competitive and end the season with a personal best.”

Sixty years have passed but dipping under four minutes in the mile is a feat that still resonates with athletes, fans and the general public.
Bruchet broke the four-minute barrier on Feb. 1 at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle, winning the race in three minutes and 57.71 seconds.

He isn’t the only Thunderbird who will shine at the Harry Jerome meet on Thursday. A host of others, as well as UBC alumni, will be competing in various events.
On the men’s side, Andy White is scheduled to take part in the javelin throw while reigning NAIA 3,000-metre steeplechase champion Justin Kent will be in the Steeplechase Invitational.
Jesse Hooton will run in the Olympic Development Mile race, along with T-Bird alum Theo Hunt, while Stephen Abosi is slated to compete in the men’s 100m National event.
UBC graduate and two-time Olympian Mike Mason is one of the favourites in the high jump.
The women’s 800m National race will feature NAIA champion Devan Wiebe and teammate Tamara Harris.
Joy Spear Chief-Morris, who just made the Canadian team for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championship in Kamloops, B.C., is in the field for the women’s 100m National dash. The Lethbridge, Alta., native is also a member of the International Team for the 4x100m Mixed Invitational relay.
Finally, Christine Ausman will throw in the javelin competition, which will also feature former T-Bird and Canadian record holder Liz Gleadle, who along with Mason, is using the Jerome meet as a tune-up for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:40 p.m. at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.