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January 26, 2020

One Quick Thing: Nick Willis Has Been Running Sub-4 For 18 Years

Yesterday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston featured another Chris O’Hare vs. Nick Willis duel. O’Hare took the win in 3:59.62 to 3:59.89. In the all-time head-to-head record, they’re not tied over the mile distance on the track at 5–5. Major kudos to Willis for now extending his streak to 18 consecutive years of running under four minutes for the mile. That’s longer than many of our readers and listeners have been alive.

Here’s a look at Willis’ sub-4 miles over the years, according to results extracted from Tilastopaja:

2003

Feb. 8 – 3:58.15i (Note: On Notre Dame’s oversized indoor track at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, IN)

2004

Feb. 7 – 3:56.55i (Note: On Notre Dame’s oversized indoor track at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, IN)

June 19 – 3:53.51 in Eugene

2005

Feb. 19 – 3:58.07i in Ann Arbor (MI)

July 29 – 3:53.43 in Oslo

2006

Feb. 11 – 3:52.75 in Wanganui

June 3 – 3:55.56 in New York

2007

June 2 – 3:55.09 in New York

2008

Feb. 1 – 3:58.14i in New York

Feb. 15 –3:55.93i in Fayetteville

June 8 –3:50.66 in Eugene

2009

Jan 30 – 3:59.48i in New York

Feb. 7 –3:53.54i in Boston

2010

Feb. 6 – 3:55.26i in Boston

Aug. 1 – 3:59.73 in Falmouth (MA)

2011

Jan. 22 – 3:58.92i in Ann Arbor

Feb. 5 – 3:56.29i in Boston

Feb. 26 – 3:58.37 in Wellington

June 4 – 3:51.95 in Eugene

2012

Jan. 27 – 3:58.81 in Wanganui

June 2 – 3:5.77 in Eugene

July 14 – 3:53.64 in London

2013

Jan. 22 – 3:58.09 in Wanganui

April 27 – 3:55.70 in Des Moines

Aug. 4 – 3:56.57 in Saline (MI)

2014

Jan. 20 – 3:55.98 in Wanganui

Feb. 8 – 3:57.41i in Boston

Feb. 15 – 3:53.02 in New York

June 11 – 3:49.83 in Oslo

Aug. 10 – 3:53.50 in Saline (MI)

2015

Feb. 7 – 3:51.61i in Boston

Feb. 14 – 3:51.46 in New York

2016

Jan. 19 – 3:55.56 in Wanganui

Feb. 14 – 3:53.27i in Boston

Feb. 20 –3:51.06i in New York

June 9 – 3:52.26 in Oslo

2017

Sept. 6 – 3:56.41 in Huntington (NY)

2018

Jan. 13 – 3:57.99i in Ann Arbor (MI)

Feb. 3 – 3:57.72i in New York

Aug. 18 – 3:56.77 in Birmingham (UK)

2019

Jan. 26  – 3:56.75i in Boston

Feb. 9 – 3:54.80i in New York

Feb. 24 – 3:56.93i in Boston

June 30 – 3:59.55 in Palo Alto (CA)

July 21 – 3:55.45 in London

2020

Jan. 25 – 3:59.89i in Boston

More to come…
Photo by Kevin Morris
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