Born August 4, 1909, Atlanta, Kan. Died March 10, 1988.
An athlete who survived severe burns on his legs as a youth, Glenn Cunningham was one of the world's top middle distance runners during the 1930s, winning the prestigious Sullivan Award in 1933 as the nation's top amateur athlete.
The national collegiate and AAU champion in 1932, he later placed fourth in the Olympic 1,500. For the next half dozen years, Cunningham earned the nickname "Kansas Ironman" for a series of stellar performances. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Cunningham won two national collegiate titles and eight AAU crowns, five of them in the outdoor one mile-1500. He set a world one mile record of 4:06.8 in 1934 that stood for three years. He was second in the 1936 Olympic 1,500 and two weeks later set an 800 world record of 1:49.7. In 1938, Cunningham ran an indoor one mile of 4:04.4 on an oversized track, a mark well below the outdoor world record. After retiring from running, he became a rancher devoting his time to youth.