The One Hour run is about seeing how far and how fast you can run, period, over sixty minutes. With a minute to go, a bell is rung or gun is shot and you run until you hear "Stop"!
I ran my first hour run in June 1976, at the University of San Francisco. It was the AAU Pacific One Hour Run Postal Championships. I ran nine miles in a pair of Nike Pre-Montreals, and changed shoes to a NB trainer and ran just under another mile before the race was ended. A gun would be shot with one minute to go. You would sprint like mad until you were told to stop!
In the 1960s and 1970s, all of the great ones ran the One Hour Run: Ron Hill, Gaston Roelants, Ron Clarke. Haile Gebrselassie ran them in Hengelo and Ostrava in the 2000s! Arturro Barrios held the record for several years!
My feet were covered in blisters. I just missed 16 kilometers. My training partner, Bob Lucas ran 10 miles, 140 yards. He ran a much smarter race than I.
I ran in the fast heat and remember being lapped (four times) by Mike Bordell, Jim Nuccio and the late Brian Maxwell, co-founder of PowerBar. I can close my eyes and still hear Brian Maxwell pounding by me, as he, Nuccio and Bordell, running in tandem, would go by, charging for the extra miles. They all went over 12 miles in the One Hour Run.
Mike Fanelli is one of the finest chroniclers of our sport. Here is his piece on the need to resurrect the One hour run on the track. The pictures below are of Haile Gebreselassie, en route to his hour run World Record.