Ben Blankenship

Birthday: 12/19/89 Mile PR: 3:52.7 (road) - 2013
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:34.26 - 2016
High School: Stillwater HS
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
College: University of Minnesota '12
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

Team: Oregon Track Club

Ben Blankenship won the 2017 USA Indoor Mile title, clocking 3:59.22, in Albuquerque, NM (6th fastest indoors at altitude). In May, Blankenship, a Minnesota native, easily defended his Medtronic TC 1 Mile crown in 4:01, and on July 28 in Pittsburgh, he also repeated as GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champion, recording 4:05 under windy, damp conditions.

Blankenship, in his first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished 8th in the 1500 meters, and at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500m, he earned the coveted third spot, recording a 3:36.18, to secure the Rio Olympic team berth. Ben, in his home state of Minnesota, also won his first USA title at the 2016 Medtronic TC 1 Mile, clocking an event record 3:55.8 and earning $15,000 ($5000 for the win and $10,000 ER bonus). In September 2016, he ended his impressive 2016 racing season with a win at the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, posting a 4:02 against a top field in Pittsburgh.

At the 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Blankenship finished runner-up to Nick Willis, clocking 3:53.13, a track personal record; in addition, Blankenship became the 8th fastest U.S. Miler indoors. Also in 2015, Ben won the AIT Grand Prix: Deloitte Mile in Athlone, Ireland, clocking 3:56.75, the first sub-4 indoor Mile on Irish soil.

Also in 2015, at the World Relays in the Bahamas on May 3, Ben anchored the men's Team USA Distance Medley Relay to a world record 9:15.50 (1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m) and at the Prefontaine Classic on May 30, he won the International Mile, breaking the beam in an outdoor world leading 3:55.72.

The two-time NCAA All-American at the University of Minnesota won the 2013 Minnesota Mile, setting a course record of 3:52.7 (also the fastest Mile ever run in his home state), and the Falmouth Mile, clocking 3:56.27 to edge fellow Minnesotan Will Leer, and later in August, he took the Michigan Mile title in 4:06 to capture three Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013 wins.

Ben also won the 2010 Big Ten Mile title, and during that same season, he was the first Golden Gopher to run a sub-4 minute Mile. The Stillwater, Minn. native holds the UofM school record in the Mile (3:57.87 - indoors) and 1500 meters (3:39.77).

FUN FACT: Blankenship has a tattoo of his home state of Minnesota on his outer right thigh.

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News

Blankenship, Lipari Win 6th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 28, 2017

Overcast skies and the threat of a downpour fueled athletes to run faster and stronger; sixth edition offered $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC; third stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2017

From P3R

PITTSBURGH – (July 28, 2017) – At the 6th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday evening, runners...

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GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Draws Deep Field to Pittsburgh

July 25, 2017

Sixth edition attracts nine sub-4 minute men’s Milers and eight sub-4:30 minute women’s Milers for Friday evening, July 28 downtown event; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; 3rd stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017

From P3R

PITTSBURGH - The 6th GNC Live Well Liberty...

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Kampf, Blankenship to Defend GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

July 13, 2017

6th edition in downtown Pittsburgh offers $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; third stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2017

From P3R

PITTSBURGH - Defending GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions Heather Kampf and Ben Blankenship will return to the City of Champions  to defend their titles...

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Blankenship Repeats, Lipari Wins Medtronic TC 1 Mile

May 11, 2017

At 12th edition, more than 2,000 run in downtown Minneapolis; second stop on the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2017

From Twin Cities In Motion

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Stillwater native Ben Blankenship and Emily Lipari of Brighton, Mass. won the professional races at the 12th running of the Medtronic TC 1...

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The Milers: Ben Blankenship

May 10, 2017

U.S. Olympian returns to his native state to defend his Medtronic TC 1 Mile title against two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis and a field of top contenders at the second stop of the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2017.

By Bring Back the Mile

American Mile star and Olympian Ben Blankenship has been on...

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Record Holders, Olympic Finalists to Clash at Medtronic TC 1 Mile

May 05, 2017

12th event edition second stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2017; Minneapolis riverfront course to host more than 2,500 runners on Thursday, May 11

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Medtronic TC 1 Mile record holder Ben Blankenship, a 2016 Olympian from Stillwater, Minnesota, and the man whose...

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Kampf Three-Peats, Masters Wins Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016 Titles

October 02, 2016

Grand prix tour with 6 stops awarded more than $125,000 plus $10,000 GP purse; Tour Performance-of-the-Year by Ben Blankenship & Emily Lipari; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for third edition

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (October 2, 2016) – At the ...

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Kampf, Blankenship Win 5th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

September 17, 2016

Fifth edition awards an event record $30,000 prize purse; Kampf, Queen of the Road Mile, secures at least a tie for third straight Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour title at fifth stop in the Steel City; Tour 2016 finale hosted by The Navy Mile on Sunday, October 2 in Washington, DC

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Defending Champions McNamara, Kampf Face Deep Fields at 5th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

September 13, 2016

Eleven sub-4 minute men and eight sub-4:30 minute women expected in Steel City on Saturday, Sept. 17; $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; fifth stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016

From P3R

PITTSBURGH – This year’s increased prize purse of $30,000 has attracted some of...

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Stillwater’s Blankenship runs down Olympic bid

July 18, 2016

“Tried not to think about it, but really every step of the way I thought OK, Leo’s going to out-lean me again… this won’t be fun, but I got it."

By Stuart Groskreutz, Stillwater Gazette

A third-place finish has never felt like more of a victory for Ben Blankenship.

The 2007 Stillwater Area...

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Exciting 1500 meter races close out U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 11, 2016

Women's 1500m top 3 strongest in U.S. Olympic team history; Blankenship, Andrews and Martinez celebrate first Olympic berths; Centrowitz breaks Steve Scott's Olympic Trials meet record.

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

Less than half a second separated the third and fourth place finishers...

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Ben Blankenship Breaks Medtronic TC 1 Mile Record

May 12, 2016

Heather Kampf wins 4th USATF 1 Mile Road title; second stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2016

By Charlie Mahler, Twin Cities In Motion

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Ben Blankenship broke the event record at the 11th Medtronic TC 1 Mile with a runaway 3:55.8 victory to claim his first USATF 1 Mile Road...

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Blankenship, Grunewald Added to Medtronic TC 1 Mile Field

May 10, 2016

Pro fields set for USATF 1 Mile Road Championships and second stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour; $25,000 prize purse with $10,000 for event record

From Twin Cities In Motion

The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, which already enjoyed a rich Minnesota flavor with a pair of locally grown...

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Meet Ben Blankenship

October 03, 2015

Blankenship had a heartbreaking fourth place finish at the 2015 USA Outdoor Chamionships missing the World's team by 0.02 seconds. Now he is looking towards 2016 in Rio.

From CTolleRun.com

Carrie Tollefson interviews professional runner and fellow Minnesota native Ben Blankenship. They chat...

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Ben Blankenship Regroups After Missing World Team by .02 Seconds

July 01, 2015

Hirsute Miler finished heartbreaking fourth at USA Outdoor Championships.

By Lindsay Rossmiller, Runner's World

At the beginning of May, after helping a U.S. team set the world record in the distance medley relay, Ben Blankenship said, “Nothing that I do in the next six or seven weeks will...

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Being Blankenship

June 24, 2015

Rising U.S. Mile star Ben Blankenship has cultivated a rather unique look and has a distinctive personality to match. Here’s our special guide to being Blankenship.

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Grow your hair

Ben Blankenship had long hair throughout his high school years until one day, in his sophomore year...

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Ben Blankenship: His Journey & His Breakthrough 2015 Season

May 21, 2015

"You gotta be tough. Every time you get out there it’s always hard. There are no real free rides in this sport."

By Jonathan Gault, LetsRun.com

Three years ago, Ben Blankenship was injured and working in excavation with a friend in Colorado. The NCAA runner-up in the 3000m at Minnesota the...

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Blankenship, Findley Win Inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship Crowns

November 09, 2014

Record setting day in Wichita; U.S. Mile record holder Alan Webb honorary starter

WICHITA, Kan.  – At the Kansas Road Mile Championship presented by the Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital and GoRun Wichita, Ben Blankenship and Kristen Findley won the inaugural overall titles in 4:05 and 4:50,...

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Inaugural Kansas Road Mile Draws Top Field

November 06, 2014

Americans Ben Blankenship, Frezer Legesse & Kristen Findley and 2009 World 1500m champion Yusuf Kamel expected in Wichita on Sunday, November 9

WICHITA, Kan. – The inaugural Kansas Road Mile Championship has drawn a top field including 2009 World 1500m champion Yusuf Kamel of Bahrain and top...

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Blankenship Ready for Fifth Avenue Mile

September 11, 2014

Minnesota native returning from broken toe to race against the best Milers in the Big Apple

By Jim Ferstle, DownTheBackstretch.com

Two days before this summer's Prefontaine Classic meet, Ben Blankenship broke his toe. The good news: it was a "clean" break, says Blankenship, and it healed...

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Blankenship, Anderson Shatter Course Records at Minnesota Mile

September 08, 2013

Fastest Miles ever run in Minnesota; eight men go sub-4 minutes; 7th edition ends inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

By Bob Gustafson

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a day for records at Sunday’s seventh Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth.

Ben Blankenship, 24, set a course record and...

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Crim Michigan Mile Racing series draws big crowd, elite runners to downtown Flint

August 23, 2013

Blankenship, Kampf capture road Mile titles at 13th stop of inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

By Ross Maghielse, MLive.com

FLINT, Mich. -- A pair of former University of Minnesota track stars took home top honors at the first-ever Crim Michigan Mile Racing Series Friday evening, Aug....

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Blankenship, Mackey Take Falmouth Mile Titles

August 10, 2013

Ten U.S. men go sub-4 minutes; 12th stop on the nationwide inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013

By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- The 2013 Falmouth Mile proved exciting once again here at Falmouth High School on Cape Cod. Americans Ben Blankenship (3:56.27) and Katie...

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Ben Blankenship is on the Comeback Trail

December 07, 2012

By Down the Backstretch

When Ben Blankenship, who has clocked a 3:54 Mile, looks out the window of the "house on the hill" in Eugene, that he shares with Hassan Mead, he sees "the cathedral," Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.  It has become one of the training sites Blankenship will...

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