Marty Liquori

Birthday: 09/11/49 Mile PR: 3:52.2 - 1975
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:36.0 - 1971
High School: Essex Catholic High School (NJ)
Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ
College: Villanova
Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

Personal Website: www.runjazz.com

Marty Liquori was a 1968 Olympian at 1500 meters, finishing 12th in Mexico City. At the age of 19, he was the youngest person to participate in the Olympic 1500 meter final. Liquori first broke 4 minutes for the Mile (3:59.8) in 1967, while in high school, making him the third U.S. high school boy to break the "magic" 4 minute barrier.

In 1969, Marty was ranked #1 in the world in the Mile and the 1500 meters. In 1971, the Villanova grad was again ranked #1 in the world (undefeated including the epic win over rival Jim Ryun in the first Dream Mile); he was the last American male to be world-ranked #1 in the 1500 / Mile.

Over the course of his career, Liquori won 14 national titles - 9 USA and 5 NCAA - ranging from the Mile to 5000 meters.

FUN FACT: Marty is an accomplished jazz guitarist.

Photo credit: runmoremiles.com / Jeff Johnson

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Marty Liquori Profile

January 07, 2015

From Racing Past

Marty Liquori in full flight, still viewable on the Internet, has to be one of the finest sights in competitive running. He appeared on the running scene in 1967 as the third American high-schooler to break the 4 minute Mile. The 17-year-old from New Jersey was only seventh in...

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Liquori, Miler-Turned-Musician, Taking Life in Stride

July 18, 2014

"Playing a guitar is not a talent any more than running the Mile is a talent. It’s about work and taking a scientific approach to things and progressing.”

By Noel Neff, GainesvilleObserved.com

There was a time when the world knew Marty Liquori for his legs and feet, which for a memorable...

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Memorial Stadium’s Finest Mile

April 26, 2013

"Ryun was so dominant, everyone in the stadium was on their feet," remembers Larry Knuth, a longtime Los Angeles track & field coach who was there that night. "People were going nuts."

By Cathrine Merlo, The Bakersfield Californian

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Those who were there still remember the...

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An interview with Mile legend Marty Liquori

August 31, 2011

"In those days the Mile was such a glamour event that it was better to be the fifth best Miler in the world than the top 5000 meter runner.”

From Gary Cohen Running

Marty Liquori earned the Silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 1977 World Cup in an American Record 13:15.1. He has ranked #1...

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Liquori’s Dream Mile Anniversary Quiet

May 16, 2011

By Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

Marty Liquori’s phone has been relatively quiet the past week. That’s not the way it used to be with the approach of a significant anniversary of the Dream Mile.

“When it was 10 years, 20 years, I’d get a lot of phone calls about it,” he said. “But you...

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Forty Years After a Dream Mile, a Harsh Reality for Track

May 15, 2011

By Tim Connelly, The New York Times

The news that the Millrose Games are leaving Madison Square Garden after 97 years to relocate uptown to the 168th Street armory reminds us of how indifferent we are to track and field. And yet, in a coincidence of timing, we remember, too, that we were not...

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The Ryun vs. Liquori Duels

December 08, 2009

Mile legends & Olympians, the Ali-Frazier of the track world, produced some epic races vs. each other

By Villanova Running

So far as I am aware, Marty Liquori and Jim Ryun raced each other a total of eight times. Ryun won the first four races. The fifth race -- the 1969 NCAA Indoor...

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Is There Hope for U.S. Milers?

May 06, 2004

By Dick Patrick, USA Today

Fifty years ago today, Roger Bannister recorded the first sub-four-minute Mile — 3:59.4. Since then, as the world record has improved 16 seconds, elite U.S. male Milers have become practically an endangered species.

In an Olympic year, the talk isn't if the USA will...

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A Record Goes Bust

May 26, 1975

Sprinting away from a classy field in Kingston, Jamaica's Dream Mile, 21-year-old Filbert Bayi of Tanzania broke Jim Ryun's 8-year-old world record to clearly establish that he is the King of the Milers

By Ron Reid, Sports Illustrated

It was a world record performance that defied logic, a set...

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A Dream Comes True

May 24, 1971

It was advertised as the Dream Mile, and though for the contestants it often seemed like the Nightmare Marathon the race lived up to its billing as Marty Liquori held off Jim Ryun on the last turn to win

By Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated

For the first three-eighths of a Mile, it could have...

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