David Torrence

Birthday: 11/26/85 Mile PR: 3:52.01 - 2012
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:33.23 - 2013
High School: Loyola HS '03 (Los Angeles)
Hometown: Tarzana, CA
College: UC Berkeley '08

David Torrence Legacy Foundation

David Torrence passed away on August 28, 2017. In June 2017, the 2016 Rio Olympian won the Adrian Martinez Classic: Adro Mile in a meet record 3:53.21. At the 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, he retained his title, recording a 3:54.99. NOTE: The Long Island Mile professional men's Mile race honors him with The David Torrence Mile.

In 2015, Torrence won the Pan Games 5000m silver medal and the inaugural HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile in 3:53.91 (still the meet record) to edge Garrett Heath, and Torrence also used his Mile speed to win the USA 5K title in Providence, RI, clocking 13:56.

The three-time USA Road Mile champion (2009-11) and the Cal-Berkeley grad won the 2012 Falmouth Mile in 3:55.79. On March 2, 2014, David set the U.S. 1000 meter indoor record, clocking 2:16.76 in Boston.

In 2012, he was the fastest U.S. Miler with his 3:52.01 PR at the Pre Classic. In 2009, he won the USA Indoor 3000m title, and in 2004, Torrence was also the USA Junior 1500m champion.

FUN FACT: Torrence had dual citizenship, and he represented Peru at the 2016 Rio Olympics and ran the 5000 meters.

FUN FACT II: David clocked the first sub-4 minute Mile for Peru in 2016.



Guided by the Spirit: David Torrence Legacy Foundation launched

October 18, 2020

In honor of her late son David, an Olympic runner, Malibuite Bianca Torrence is working to realize his dream of bringing the sport to a new generation.

By McKenzie Jackson, Special to The Malibu Times

When Bianca Torrence goes for a run, there is often an unseen force propelling her forward.

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Preserving David Torrence’s Memory in the Sport

January 06, 2018

“David knew he had greatness in him and wasn’t afraid to step up to the plate swinging for the fences. I hope this sentiment becomes an enduring part of his legacy. His bold efforts and bright spirit deserve it.”

By McKenzie Jackson / Special to The Malibu Times

David Torrence, a world class...

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Memorial Service Held for Olympian David Torrence

October 14, 2017

“He was like a magnet—both impressive and hilarious... and always gave a gutsy performance on the track.”

By Jimy Tallal / Special to The Malibu Times

David Torrence spent a good part of his 32 years doing what he loved—running. He started running in ninth grade and continued running right up...

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Running Community Mourns Olympian David Torrence, Found Dead at 31

August 29, 2017

Torrence was famous for speaking his mind — whether it was to show his emotions or to denounce performance-enhancing drugs.

By Bill Chapell, NPR

David Torrence, an athlete who ran in last year's Rio Summer Olympics and had been training for more races, was found dead in a swimming pool in...

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David Torrence, Malibu Resident, Successfully Representing Peru

July 17, 2017

2016 Rio Olympian now holds Peruvian records for the Mile and the 1500 meters.

By McKenzie Jackson / Special to The Malibu Times

Middle-distance athlete David Torrence whisked into the Peruvian record books twice last month.

The Malibuite, a runner for Peru’s national team, set the South...

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David Torrence Wins Lodi Mile in Close Race with AJ Acosta as Both Clock 4:14

March 31, 2015

The California All-Stars and the Sacramento Running Association bring home Old Vine Trophies and lion's share of $4000 prize purse in elite team competition.

By The Lodi Mile

The book is closed on the 2015 Lodi Mile.  The event, presented by Blue Shield of California, Michael David Winery and...

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Uceny, Grunewald, Torrence, True Headline Falmouth Mile

August 12, 2014

Saturday night race features Olympians, USA & NCAA champions and a former World #1; $7500 prize purse plus time and meet record bonuses

FALMOUTH, Mass. – Morgan Uceny, a 2012 Olympian ranked #1 in the world in 2011 at 1500 meters; Gabriele Grunewald, the reigning USA Indoor 3000m champion; ...

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Three-Time Champion David Torrence Added to Medtronic TC 1 Mile

May 06, 2014

Men’s & Women’s professional fields set for Thursday, May 8 in Minneapolis; $25,000 purse, second stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2014


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three-time Medtronic TC 1 Mile champion David Torrence of Oakland, Calif. will return to Minneapolis for...

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Torrence Predicts Fast Times at Falmouth Mile

August 09, 2013

Top men's field expected to challenge event record; 12th stop on the nationwide inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour

By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly

CAPE COD, Mass. -- David Torrence expects something special from Saturday night's Falmouth Mile here on Cape Cod. Speaking with Race Results...

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David Torrence to Defend Falmouth Mile Title

August 03, 2013

Top fields expected including 2011 race champion and event record holder Jordan McNamara, Will Leer, Matthew Elliott and Garrett Heath and Gabriele Anderson, Heather Kampf and Sarah Brown; past wheelchair champions also return to defend titles; 12th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour...

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Q & A: David Torrence Ready for Carlsbad

April 05, 2013

By Toni Reavis 

Beginning with Steve Scott’s three victories in 1986, the American presence at the Carlsbad 5000 has always been strong.  But except for Steve the only other American male champ at the World’s Fastest 5K has been Doug Padilla in 1990 (13:29).  This year the possibility of a...

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Running Drills with David Torrence

October 05, 2012

By Nickolas Velliquette, Flotrack

Running drills are important for a runner as they help to improve a runner's stride length, stride frequncy, running technique, form, physical resiliency, etc.

Ryan Ponsonby (coach of Olympic Silver Medalist, Leo Manzano) takes you through a series of running...

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Torrence, Martinez Win Falmouth Mile

August 11, 2012

Martinez and Anderson run #1 and #2 fastest women’s Mile times of the year
Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

FALMOUTH, Mass. – (August 11, 2012) – Last year’s Falmouth Mile, a track precursor to the larger, older 7-mile road race, proved to be one of the deepest ever run on American soil, with the...

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David Torrence’s drive to run for his country

June 20, 2012

By John Crumpacker, San Francisco Chronicle

Being a Nike contract athlete means many things for former Cal runner David Torrence, not least the requirement that he be in company gear at all times when in public.

So when he was photographed recently wearing a jacket without the familiar logo,...

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4 Minutes with a Miler: David Torrence

May 17, 2012

Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, sits down with USA Champion and 3:54.01 Miler, David Torrence, co-founder of the Bay Area Track Club and coached by John Cook. A Cal Berkeley grad, in 2007 Torrence also broke American Mile great Don Bowden's 50-year-old Golden Bear...

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