Steve Scott

Birthday: 05/05/56 Mile PR: 3:47.69 - 1982
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:31.76 - 1985
High School: Upland HS
Hometown: Upland, CA
College: University of California, Irvine
Current Residence: Carlsbad, CA

Steve Scott was one of the USA's most consistent middle-distance runners ever, recording an astounding 137 sub-4 minute Miles (includes official Mile split from 2000 meter race in 1982), the most by any athlete in history. He set the outdoor U.S. Mile record three times, all in Oslo, Norway, all sub-3:50 (3:49.68 - the first U.S. sub-3:50, 3:48.53 and 3:47.69) and all within a one year period and Scott also broke the indoor U.S. Mile record three times (his last mark 3:51.8 lasted nearly 24 years before Bernard Lagat broke it in 2005).

The holder of eight Mile times under 3:50 was the USA 1500 meter champion six times as well as the USA Indoor Mile champion four times.

Scott's last U.S. Mile record was 3:47.69 set in Oslo on July 7, 1982 and he held the outdoor U.S. Mile record for more than 26 years - longer than any other U.S. man. In addition, the UC-Irvine grad was the NCAA 1500m champion in 1978 and the three-time Olympian finished 5th at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and 10th at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

In 1983, Scott won the 1500m silver medal at the inaugural World Championships held in Helsinki.

Since 1999, he has been the Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Cal State San Marcos.

FUN FACT: In 1986, Scott helped create the Carlsbad 5000 in California, the world's fastest 5K road race with 16 world records and counting!

FUN FACT II: Steve Scott also produced at least one sub-4 minute Mile for 16 consecutive years (January 15, 1977 to February 20, 1993); only fellow Mile legend John Walker had a longer streak (17 years).

FUN FACT III: Of his record 137 sub-4 Miles, 89 were clocked outdoors and 48 indoors (the most), and his first, 100th and last sub-4 were run in Los Angeles, and the first and last indoors. #GreatScott!

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News

Take Five: Mile legend Steve Scott returns each year to participate in Spirit Run

March 09, 2017

"If I can expose them to running and show them that it’s fun, then to me that’s rewarding."

By Tom Johnson, Stu News Newport

Had a chance to catch up with Steve Scott last week. Scott obviously is one of the greatest runners in American history. The three-time Olympian attended college at...

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The man, the myth, the legend: Steve Scott

April 29, 2016

Scott’s perseverance and dedication to the sport of running has helped athletes at CSUSM meet their full potential. This year, he is looking forward to taking his track & field team to the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships held at Cal State Los Angeles in May.

By...

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Q&A: Steve Scott Talks the Mile, Carlsbad 5000 and Coaching

March 05, 2015

No matter how many people run under 4 minutes, when you do it your first time it’s something special.

By Adam Elder, Competitor.com

Steve Scott is one of America’s greatest middle-distance runners of all-time, having posted three outdoor U.S. Mile records, a World Championship silver medal,...

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Mile Legend Steve Scott Being Treated for Cancer

October 18, 2014

Three-time Olympian and former longtime U.S. Mile record holder being treated at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego.

By Don Norcross, Competitor.com

In the United States, when the conversation is track and field, specifically the Mile, one name stands out.

Steve Scott.

On July...

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Mile Moment of the Month: Steve Scott’s Dream Mile 1982

July 07, 2014

HOKA ONE ONE presents the Mile Moment of the Month

By Bring Back the Mile

A Mile is four laps on the track that some have called the perfect distance and a four-act play. Oslo's Bislett Games Dream Mile in the 1980s was the pinnacle of this classic distance, pitting world class Milers against...

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Ovett’s 3:49.25 Wins Oslo Mile as Seven Runners Better 3:51

July 12, 1981

''It's the best Mile the world's ever seen." - Steve Ovett

By Neil Amdur, New York Times

OSLO, Norway — The Mile moved to a new frontier tonight when seven runners shattered 3 minutes, 51 seconds, led by Steve Ovett's winning 3:49.25 and an American record 3:49.68 by Steve Scott, who was...

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Going Head to Head: Who is the Greatest Miler in History?

September 20, 2012

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News

Some of the greatest Milers in the world have won the Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan, which will be run for the 32nd time on Saturday. Sydney Maree, Steve Scott, Mary Slaney, John Walker, Peter Elliott, and Bernard Lagat are among those who have broken the...

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Track Debate: Mile or 1600?

May 04, 2012

The magic of the Mile apparently will never go away, and some coaches and runners want the 1600 to change back to the Mile, which is slightly longer. 

By Steve Brand, MaxPreps.com 

In his career, Steve Scott ran a record 136 sub-4 minute Miles. Chances are, no one will ever break that mark...

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Master of the Mile

October 28, 1996

Steve Scott, now 40 and a cancer survivor, plans to break 4 minutes again

By John Walters, Sports Illustrated

Steve Scott stands at the starting line on the track at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, in Eugene, on May 26, 1996. He has 4 minutes to prove to himself that he is immortal....

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Miles to Go Before They Sleep…

February 28, 1983

...and a promise to keep in Cleveland. Eamonn Coghlan and Steve Scott raced in San Diego, then flew all night to meet again

By Kenny Moore, Sports Illustrated

Eamonn Coghlan (3:50.6) and Steve Scott (3:51.8) are the two fastest indoor Milers in history. They hadn't met indoors for two years,...

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As We Join Our Show, Steve, Is, As Usual, Running

June 22, 1981

Can young Steve Scott, Miler and soap opera junkie, find happiness and success with a world record? You can bet he'd like to find out

By Kenny Moore, Sports Illustrated

Call it the Seven-Per-Cent Problem. A Miler running at 15 mph—or four minutes per Mile—spends a tenth of his energy just...

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