Roger Bannister to oversee races

Updated: February 26, 2014, 10:57 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile will be marked with races over the distance in London.

The 84-year-old Bannister will be patron of the May 24 event that will see 30 races finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.

The winner of the senior men's race will be awarded the new Sir Roger Bannister trophy, and there will also be runs for children, families, seniors and wheelchair athletes.

Bannister says "the mile has a wonderful symmetry as a race, neither too short nor too long, and I'm looking forward very much to being involved with this event.''

In an achievement that still stands as one of the seminal moments in track history, Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954, at Oxford.

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