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MEXICO 1968

THIS MONTH WE TURN TO AN ICONIC MOMENT IN RUNNING HISTORY WHEN THREE MEN STOOD ATOP AN OLYMPIC PODIUM TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT RESONATED AROUND THE WORLD
Fight the power, Smith, Carlos and Normanmake their stand

As our Running Icon Hall of Fame slowly fills, so the search for the truly iconic becomes inevitably ever more refined. We have so far celebrated sprinters, hurdlers, middle distance runners and marathon legends. Our intake includes organisers, those who have inspired, those who triumphed against opponents and those who defeated the clock.

Each of them have proved their credentials, moving through the entry criteria with the grace they once displayed passing through the pack, but the time’s come to look for something more.

Does a Running Icon have to be an individual? Or could it be an iconic act committed against a running background? Could it even be a group of people - a relay team, say? In this case, it’s a collection of each of these. A trio, who used, quite literally, the medalists’ podium to stage a protest which echoed down the ages and, in doing so, produced one of the most iconic images athletics has ever seen.

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About Men's Running

I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around at the time and they’ll tell you it was the heyday of British middle and long distance running. I got swept along by the Coe versus Ovett battle of the Moscow Olympics and the then addition of Cram for LA in 1984. Britons ruled the world and I loved every second of the battles, the highs, the lows, the medals and the media. These guys were my inspiration and I wanted to be them. They were the reason I started running and it was no surprise that my chosen events were 800 and 1500m. That I was best at these was just an added bonus. There are so many influential figures in our brilliant sport. Some are well known, others less so. So we decided to choose our favourites so that you could also get a little sprinkling of inspiration. Whether it’s Dean Karnazes eating pizza by the roadside or Ron Hill running every day for more than 50 years, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Read and get inspired and hit the road for your next run!