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State Mile Guide: #49 Alaska

July 22, 2014

Date of Statehood: January 3, 1959
Capital: Juneau
Motto: North to the Future

Alaska is one of only a handful of states in which no native athlete has broken the 4 minute Mile barrier on its soil. Trevor Dunbar became the first Alaskan to break four, breaking the beam in 3:59.06 in Portland, OR on July 15, 2013. On Friday, September 13, 2013, Jack Bolas clocked the first sub-4 minute Mile on Alaskan soil with his 3:58.3 indoors at the Alaska Dome in Anchorage. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 also in Anchorage, Kyle Merber recorded the first outdoor sub-4 in Alaska, and three days later, 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Blankenship ran the fastest Mile in Alaska, 3:57.85 in Kodiak.

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Trevor Dunbar competing for Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships.


Alaskan Soil
Male: Ben Blankenship, 3:57.85, 2017
Female: Need - email us

Male: Trevor Dunbar, 3:55.54, 2017

Mile: Trevor Dunbar, 4:06.65, Kodiak HS, 2009
1600m: Trevor Dunbar, 4:10.78, Kodiak HS, 2009

Mile: Kristina Smith, 4:52.20, West HS, 2002; Betsy Haines, 4:55.3, West HS, 1977
1600m: Allie Ostrander, 4:48.31, Kenai HS, 2015

BBTM’s state-by-state Mile guide is being produced to share the rich story of each state’s history with the Mile, a distance regardless of age, gender or fitness-level, that everyone understands. If you consider yourself an Alaskan T&F sage and would like to help us fill out our guide, email We welcome your support and feedback!


Tags: trevor dunbar (11) , state guide (13) , kyle merber (39) , kristina smith (1) , jack bolas (34) , betsy haines (1) , ben blankenship (56) , allie ostrander (2) , alaska (1)

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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