High School Runner Dreams Of Miracle Mile

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 6, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM UTC

His coach thinks he can break the four-minute barrier.

Tal Braude is a senior at Torrey Pines High School in California. In some ways, he’s a typical high school student, but in many way’s he’s unique: Braude is fast, really fast. He’s a miler.

Braude’s track coach, Brent Thorne, thinks he even has a chance at joining some seriously good company: those high school runners who have cracked the 4:00 mile.

“He fits right in with the top runners,” Thorne told the UT San Diego website recently. “His goal is to run a sub-4-minute mile in track. That should tell you all you need to know.”

In the U.S., only five runners have completed this incredible feat, starting with Jim Ryun.

Braude is optimistic that he can pull it off in his final season given a recent trip to Israel to compete in the Maccabiah Games. He also hopes his forthcoming cross-country season will help.

Last fall, Braude suffered from mononucleosis, but decided to push himself to assist his team.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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