Kyle Merber

Birthday: 11/19/90 Mile PR: 3:52.22 (indoors) - 2017
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:34.54 - 2015
High School: Half Hollow Hills West
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY
College: Columbia University '12
Current Residence: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Team: NJ*NY Track Club

Kyle Merber finished third at the 2017 Wanamaker Mile, setting a then indoor Mile personal record of 3:54.67, and six days later on February 17, Kyle & his NJ*NY Track Club teammates set a 4 x Mile indoor world record, clocking 16:12.81, also at the Armory in New York City. At the BU Last Chance Meet on February 26, Merber finished second in another PR behind Edward Cheserek's collegiate indoor record, 3:52.01 to 3:52.22 (#6 U.S. male all-time indoors). On September 13, Kyle recorded the first outdoor sub-4 minute Mile on Alaskan soil, breaking the beam in 3:59.36.

In 2016, Kyle won the Sir Walter Miler, clocking a meet and personal & North Carolina state outdoor track record of 3:54.57, and six days later, at the third stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2016, Merber won the ServiceNow West Chester Mile in a meet record 3:56.19. On August 20, Kyle won his third straight outdoor Mile, edging NJ*NY Track Club teammate Colby Alexander, 3:58.14 to 3:58.15, at the Aetna Falmouth Mile.

At the World Relays 2015 in the Bahamas on May 3, Merber ran the opening 1200m leg for Team USA's world record setting Distance Medley Relay team (9:15.50).

In 2014, he won the Falmouth Mile, clocking 3:56.45. In 2012, Kyle set the U.S. Collegiate 1500 meters record (3:35.59) at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet on May 14. In 2010, the Columbia grad broke the Ivy League indoor Mile record running his then PR 3:58.52.

FUN FACT: Kyle is co-founder of the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, launched on September 9, 2015, and he finished third, clocking 3:58.38!

News

Handy, Dandy Translation Guide at Merber Wedding a Hit!

October 18, 2017

Irish bride Patricia Barry created a guide to help out friends of her American groom Kyle Merber when the pair tied the knot in Tipperary last week

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

While many Americans might like to claim a little Irish blood in their veins, the country's culture and...

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On the Record, Off the Market: Kyle Merber

October 03, 2017

Being healthy is the number one priority. It’s easy to always go hard, but sometimes it’s hard to go easy.

By Will, Running Warehouse blog

If you follow American Track & Field, you’re probably familiar with Kyle Merber. However, unless you’ve been closely following his career, you may not be...

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On historic night of running, two break sub-4 minutes in the Mile in Anchorage

September 14, 2017

"It's great to see these athletes up here, especially so the younger kids can see it and get some inspiration. It's nice exposing them to athletes of this caliber."

By Beth Bragg, Alaska Dispatch News

Fourth place has never felt better for Trevor Dunbar.

Dunbar, the only Alaskan to break...

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What makes a meet great from an athlete’s perspective

March 13, 2017

Athletes want to be seen. Both for their self-esteem and for their sponsors who are paying them to be seen in their gear.

By Kyle Merber, Citius Mag

Everyone is so concerned with putting on good track meets to entertain the fans, but what do the athletes want? Maybe we have needs too! There...

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A Relay World Record, PRs and More for Kyle Merber in 2017

February 23, 2017

“A lot of coaches can just get you in shape. It takes a special coach to get you to believe."

By Sabrina Yohannes, RunBlogRun

If his trademark headbands help you to locate Kyle Merber in a crowded race, you are not alone.

"It's easy for my mom to follow me," the native New Yorker Merber...

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Q&A with Kyle Merber

February 09, 2017

Gearing up for Millrose Games' Wanamaker Mile, training and being a New Yorker

By Paul Snyder, Citius Mag

I hopped on the phone with my friend and former teammate, Kyle Merber, to chat about his upcoming appearance in the Wanamaker Mile. I figured I’d write up a tidy little page-long...

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Legendary Coach Frank Gagliano Continues to Inspire

February 02, 2017

Three HOKA NJ*NY Track Club coached athletes entered in famed Wanamaker Mile at upcoming 110th NYRR Millrose Games

From NYRR

NEW YORK – If 55 years of coaching track & field have taught Frank Gagliano anything, it’s to keep going.

The legendary coach, now in his seventh year at the helm of ...

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Merber, Mackey Repeat as Aetna Falmouth Mile Champions

August 20, 2016

Manikas-Hill, Sessa win Tommy Cochary High School Mile titles

From New Balance Falmouth Road Race

FALMOUTH, Mass. — Kyle Merber and Katie Mackey both repeated as champions of the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile on Saturday night with Merber winning for the second consecutive time and Mackey...

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For Kyle Merber, it’s all about running and promoting the sport he loves

May 18, 2016

For "grass root market Mile races... it’s really just about community involvement... they really connect with the fans in a way that you don’t necessarily get at a major championship race."

By Tom Surber, USATF

Throughout the long and glorious history of track & field in the United States,...

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Your Favorite Track Athlete, Now in Vinyl

October 25, 2015

Wallstrides is making giant decals of some of your favorite Milers

By John Gugala, Outside Online

Over the summer, professional runners Erik van Ingen (a 3:56 Miler), Kyle Merber (a 3:54 Miler), and Aric Van Halen (yes, the son of that Van Halen) were hanging out at a cross country camp in...

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How a Mile Race Can Help Boost Enthusiasm in Running

September 09, 2015

“Everybody understands the significance of running a sub-4-minute Mile. And everyone knows what a Mile is, plus it’s the right amount of time that no one is getting bored watching and everyone is constantly on the edge of their seat.”

By Brian Metzler, Competitor Magazine

I’m decidedly...

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Q&A with Kyle Merber: HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile

September 07, 2015

"We just want to help inspire the next generation of young athletes on Long Island. Something as simple as standing on the track during a sub-4 minute Mile, an autograph, or a conversation could change the course of someone’s career. We are hoping to do that."

From Athlete Biz

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Professional Track & Field Comes to Long Island at the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile

September 02, 2015

The last major Mile race on Long Island was during the 1998 Goodwill Games at Mitchell Field in Uniondale, NY. That race saw Noureddine Morceli of Algeria clock a 3:53.39, and no race since has been run in under the magical 4-minute barrier.

From The Long Island Exchange

Premier Track and...

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Long Island Mile Record Could Go Down at HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile

August 31, 2015

The inaugural event will take place on Wednesday, September 9; men's elite field features several sub-4 Milers including the event's organizer Kyle Merber.

By Paige McAtee, Patch

Local runners are set to toe the line at a meet that’s looking to have elite athletes race to break the Long...

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Kyle Merber uses Madrid as tune-up for Pan Am Games

July 13, 2015

Kyle Merber and Andrew Wheating head the U.S. Team in the 1500 for the Pan Am games in Toronto; considered favorites for gold and silver

By Chris Chavez, RunblogRun

On a dry and warm night in Madrid, Kyle Merber (HOKA ONE ONE) stepped off the track after a third place finish in the men's 3000...

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Kyle Merber creates inaugural HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile

May 09, 2015

First annual event to recruit national class field in hopes of bringing first sub-4 Mile back to Long Island in 17 years

From HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile 

Premier track & field is returning to Long Island! Thanks to the partnership of Sayville and Smithtown Running Company with HOKA ONE...

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Kyle Merber reflects on the Distance Medley Relay World Record

May 07, 2015

"You are patriots! Trying to serve your country in a way that a lot of people won’t understand until they finally see the U-S-A on your chest! Then…they will get it."

By Kyle Merber

It was one of the first days of practice in October, and we were huddled inside the shed at Rutgers University...

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Rising Mile star Kyle Merber Q&A

August 26, 2014

The basis is we work hard, we recover and we repeat the process. There are no secrets. But Gags makes you believe in yourself like no one ever has before, and that’s what makes him such a great coach.

By The Red Loop

Kyle Merber is the U.S. Collegiate Record Holder in the 1500m with a time of...

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Merber Wins, Mackey Defends Falmouth Mile

August 17, 2014

Three men sub-4 and four women sub-4:30; Tommy Cochary High School Mile goes to Russell Wells, Stella Worters

From Falmouth Road Race

FALMOUTH, Mass. – Filling the bleachers and lining the rails, hundreds of fans turned out on Saturday evening to cheer the athletes at the Falmouth Mile, which...

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Willis sets state Mile record at Michigan Track Classic

August 11, 2014

"I was exhausted … but I was in the lead in front of my home crowd and I couldn't relinquish it.”

By Justin P. Hicks, mlive.com

SALINE, Mich. – Not only was the record for the fastest Mile run in Michigan broken on Sunday, it was topped three times.

Nick Willis led the 13 male racers across...

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Kyle Merber’s Blog: Celebrating a Loss

April 20, 2013

By Kyle Merber

“EL GUERROUJ! LAGAT! TO THE LINE! EL GUERROUJ GOT IT!” When I was thirteen years old, I remember watching the Olympic 1500 final in Athens 2004 and having my eyelids peeled back as I stared at the screen in awe. At this point in my running career, I did not fully understand the...

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Bring Back the Mile

May 16, 2012

By Brett Hoover, Armory Track

Yesterday at a student career fair in Indianapolis, I ran into Scott Williams, an All-American and Big 10 champion while at Indiana University.

"Scott," I said. " A Columbia kid ran a 3:35 last night!"

After an ever brief pause, Williams responded, "Wow. That's...

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