Jordan McNamara

Birthday: 03/07/87 Mile PR: 3:51.0 (road) - 2014
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:34.00 - 2013
High School: Auburn-Riverside High School
Hometown: Auburn, WA
College: University of Oregon '10
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

Jordan McNamara loves racing in St. Louis as evidenced by his event record fourth Festival of Miles title in 2016 with his 3:56.39. McNamara also won the 2015 Nike Festival of Miles in 3:58.18 for his third event title, and in July, he defended his GNC Live Well Liberty Mile title, clocking 3:59 to tie the event record in Pittsburgh.

In 2014, McNamara also won the Nike Festival of Miles, clocking 3:54.27, to set a meet and State record in St. Louis, and in August, the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile (4:03), just edging Leo Manzano. Jordan capped his 2014 season with a thrilling win at the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, just edging Garrett Heath, both timed in 3:51.0 (a personal best for both).

During his breakthrough 2013 European racing season, set personal records in the Mile (3:52.42) and metric Mile (3:34.00). He capped off his 2011 season with a Falmouth Mile title in a then PR and event record 3:54.89. At Oregon, he was an NCAA All-American at 5000 meters in 2010. 


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

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

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Kampf, McNamara to Defend GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

August 30, 2016

5th edition in downtown Pittsburgh offers $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; fifth stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2016

PITTSBURGH - Defending GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions and event record holders Heather Kampf and Jordan McNamara will return to the Steel City to defend their...

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McNamara shines again, wins 4th Festival of Miles title

June 02, 2016

2,500 fans also witness thrilling girls high school Mile and boys high school Mile meet record by Jon Davis

By Ben Rosario, Festival of Miles

ST. LOUIS - The 9th Festival of Miles at St. Louis University High School on Thursday night saw the meet add three more sub-4 minute Mile performances...

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Pair of former champs win Liberty Mile in record time

August 01, 2015

A total of 1500 runners participated in the race, which included a wave for all ages and abilities plus several competitive heats, including the masters and Unstoppable heats in addition to the pro heats.

By Karen Price, Trib Live

Neither Jordan McNamara nor Heather Kampf are from Pittsburgh,...

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Kampf, McNamara Win GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

July 31, 2015

An event record 1,500-plus participants at fourth edition; third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015

By Ryan Lamppa, The Mile wire

PITTSBURGH – (July 31, 2015) – At the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on a warm, humid Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, two Milers, who are...

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Liberty Mile looks to heat up in fourth year

July 30, 2015

“America really has almost a duty to keep the Mile alive... It’s our event as Americans, and I think it’s really up to us to keep it alive and to keep it in the spotlight.” - Jordan McNamara

By Megan Ryan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Usually when someone thinks of something “hot” and “sexy,” it...

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Deep Field of Sub-4 Milers Ready to Race in Pittsburgh at the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 29, 2015

Thirteen sub-4 minute men’s Milers and five sub-4:30 minute women’s Milers expected in Steel City for Friday evening, July 31 event; $25,000 prize purse; third stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015

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Grunewald, McNamara to Defend GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

July 13, 2015

4th edition in downtown Pittsburgh offers $25,000 prize purse; third stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2015

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Defending GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions Jordan McNamara and Gabriele Grunewald will return to the Steel City to defend their titles at the 2015 race, scheduled for...

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Jordan McNamara’s Magical Season

October 09, 2014

The winner of four Mile races during 2014 season: "As a 4:17 high school Miler, I'm a prime example of what determination and consistency can produce. High schoolers, I hope you're taking note!"

From Portland Track Weekly

Breakthrough seasons don't happen every year for a professional track...

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Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

September 13, 2014

Record 14 women break 4:30 in the same Mile race; 15 men go sub-4; world's largest road Mile draws 5,610 finishers who race down storied thoroughfare


NEW YORK – Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile late Saturday...

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The Long Road: Jordan McNamara’s Path to Success

August 17, 2014

Injuries have not kept OTC Elite athlete from chasing his running dreams

By Jonathan Gault for

Watch Jordan McNamara run. At the end of a race, it’s a beautiful sight, the outside of the front of his foot making just the briefest contact with the ground as his long, willowy legs...

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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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Third Time’s a Charm for Jordan McNamara at GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

August 01, 2014

Gabriele Grunewald women's champion over two-time defending champion Heather Kampf; 1,000-plus participants at third edition; fourth stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014

By Ryan Lamppa, The Mile wire

PITTSBURGH – (August 1, 2014) – At the third GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on...

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Kampf, McNamara on Pittsburgh Today Live

August 01, 2014

Pittsburgh American Development Program athletes Heather Kampf and Jordan McNamara visit the studios of KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live in lead up to the 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile.

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Pro runners go extra Mile prior to downtown Pittsburgh event

August 01, 2014

“Liberty Mile is really the first race that takes the professionals and integrates them directly into the community at ground level, which I think is really special.” - Jordan McNamara

By Karen Price, Tribune-Review

Jordan McNamara stood in front of dozens of Summer Dreamers Academy campers...

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Local race aiming to bring the Mile back into spotlight

July 31, 2014

GNC Live Well Liberty Mile attracts top U.S. field including Leo Manzano and defending champion Heather Kampf

By Alex Nieves, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Prefontaine, Roger Bannister, Mary Decker. If you were to stop an adult on the streets of an American city, these names would likely...

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American Development Program Ambassadors Inspire Pittsburgh Youth to Run GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 21, 2014

Top U.S. Milers Leo Manzano, Jordan McNamara & Heather Kampf and 200 kids part of Giant Eagle Kids of STEEL program and the Summer Dreamers Academy 5-week summer partnership

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – This summer, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, along with professional Milers and American...

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Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano Headlines GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 15, 2014

Men’s field also includes 2-time race runner-up Jordan McNamara; 3rd edition in downtown Pittsburgh features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 prize purse; 4th stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – 2012 Olympic silver medalist and reigning USA 1 Mile road...

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McNamara has something to prove at USA Championships

June 23, 2014

"There is not going to be a sixth place-to-second charge. I'm going to go for it from the beginning."

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

EUGENE -- At last year's USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Jordan McNamara picked a bad time to have a bad day.

McNamara didn't get out of the 1500 meter...

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McNamara Sets Meet & State Record at Nike Festival of Miles

June 05, 2014

Event record crowd of more than 2,000 treated to 4 men sub-4 minutes and 7 boys under 4:10 for the Mile at 7th edition

ST. LOUIS –  An event record crowd of more than 2,000 watched the fastest edition yet of the Nike Festival of Miles on Thursday evening. Temperatures in the 70s with little to...

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Nike Festival of Miles features Olympians, NCAA Champions & Top HSers

June 05, 2014

7th charity track meet in St. Louis will benefit local runner battling cancer; event streamed live by

ST. LOUIS – The Festival of Miles Foundation will host the seventh Nike Festival of Miles Thursday night at Saint Louis University High School beginning at 6:30pm. The meet...

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Champ Kampf returns to GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh

August 08, 2013

Jordan McNamara headlines men's field; downtown road race 11th stop on inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour

By Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Heather Kampf was passing the leader approaching the final lap of the 600 meter dash at the Big Ten Indoor Track Championship. Then she was flat...

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Vintage Mile race returns to downtown Pittsburgh

August 07, 2013

"It truly is America's premiere distance race."; GNC Live Well Liberty Mile draws top professional and Masters (40 and older) runners for Friday evening event

By Nick Veronica, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the world of corporate 5Ks, half-marathons, fulls and ultras, one group is attempting to...

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5 Questions with Jordan McNamara

August 05, 2013

By Pat Price, The Daily Relay

Welcome back to 5 Questions, where we pick the brains of people from all areas of the running scene. We didn’t have any 5QW’s last week, so we’ll have two this week! Today, we were lucky enough to catch up with Jordan McNamara. Check out Jordan’s blog and follow...

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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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Deep Field of Sub-4:00 Milers Ready for GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 25, 2013

Top contender Jordan McNamara to face formidable men’s field in Pittsburgh; $31,000-plus prize purse with $4000 for race champion; 11th stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour

PITTSBURGH – A prize purse of more than $31,000 has attracted some of the country’s top Milers to Pittsburgh on...

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Sub-4:00 Miler Jordan McNamara Inspires Pittsburgh’s Youth to Run GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 22, 2013

McNamara using social media to connect with youth as Honorary Coach of the Summer Dreamers Academy

From GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

PITTSBURGH - As Jordan McNamara sets new personal records and impresses fans in European races this summer, he shares his excitement through Twitter, Facebook and...

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American Milers Cross the Pond for Ireland’s Most Famous Race

July 09, 2013

The July 17 Morton Mile welcomes top Americans for one of the most historic races in the world

By Morton Games

The Morton Mile is the most famous race in Irish athletics, graced by the presence of Olympians and Olympic champions including Ireland’s own Ronnie Delany, Herb Elliott (AUS), Kip...

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City Sports to Go the Mile

June 24, 2013

At 62nd edition on July 2, the iconic distance featured event with top field expected including top Americans Ben True, Jordan McNamara and Liam Boylan-Pett

From The Cork News

The Mile race at this year’s Cork City Sports is shaping up to be the event of the meet, with Cork’s own Ciarán ó...

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Big River Running Festival of Miles: Stepping Stone to Olympic Dreams

March 14, 2013

St. Louis Track Club Men’s Mile champion could take home $4000, including $1000 meet record bonus; Leo Manzano’s 2009 performance stepping stone for his 2012 Olympic silver medal

By Bring Back the Mile

ST. LOUIS - On a late May evening in 2009, a collegiate star and 2008 Olympian from the...

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Re:RUN San Diego Meet Preview

May 03, 2013

By Scott Bush, Runnerspace

One of the most unique presentations of a track meet this year takes place this Saturday in sunny San Diego. With general 5K and 10K road races taking place, leading into a four event, middle distance track showcase, Re:RUN works to bridge the gap between general road...

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Miller, Kampf Win GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

August 17, 2012

Inaugural event in Pittsburgh brings out fast times, three sub-4 minute Miles and post-race festivities in Market Square

By David Monico, The Mile wire

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – (August 17, 2012) – With rain and thunder threatening to slow down the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, sunshine and a...

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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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McNamara to Defend Falmouth Mile Title

August 08, 2012

Six men who broke 4-minutes last year return plus David Torrence and Craig Miller for Saturday evening of six Mile track races; Bowman, Mackey, Anderson, Martinez headline women’s field; Cochary High School Mile rewards winners with grant for “good choices”

FALMOUTH, Mass. – (August 8, 2012) – ...

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Competitive Mile Field to Collide at Kansas Relays

April 11, 2012

2010 and 2011 Relays champions Peter van der Westuizen and Will Leer return for another shot at sub-4-minute mile at Memorial Stadium 

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Eight of the nation’s top milers have agreed to race in the prestigious Glenn Cunningham Mile at the 2012 Kansas Relays it was announced by KU...

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