Alan Webb

Birthday: 01/13/83 Mile PR: 3:46.91 - 2007
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:30.54 - 2007
High School: South Lakes HS (VA) '01
Hometown: Reston, VA
College: University of Michigan / George Mason University
Current Residence: Ave Maria, FL

Alan Webb made his 26.2 mile debut at Grandma's Marathon on June 19, 2021 in Duluth, Minnesota and finished in 2 hours, 48 minutes, 25 seconds.

The 2004 Olympian and Olympic Trials champion at 1500 meters is the previous U.S. record holder in the Mile (3:46.91 that he set on July 21, 2007 in Brasschaat, Belgium, breaking Steve Scott's 25-year-old record).

Alan was also the fourth U.S. high school athlete to break 4 minutes in the Mile and the first prep sub-4 indoors when he clocked 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games in New York City on January 20, 2001, and later in the year, at the Prefontaine Classic on May 27, he made history again, racing to a stellar 3:53.43 and breaking Jim Ryun's 36-year-old national high school Mile record.

Webb, a three-time USA champion at 1500 meters (2004-05 and 2007), retired from competitive racing at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile on February 15.

In 2018, Alan Webb was fittingly one of 30 athletes inducted into the National High School Track & Field Hall of Fame, inaugural class.

In 2019, Webb was named University of Arkansas at Little Rock Associate Head Cross County / Assistant Track Coach; he also has been volunteer assistant coach at the University of Virginia and Portland State XC and track & field programs. In the fall of 2021, he became assistant coach at Catholic High School in Little Rock, while working on his Masters degree in Catechetics at Franciscan University. In May 2022, Webb became Cross Country, Track & Field and Swimming head coach at Ave Maria University in Florida.

FUN FACT: Alan was a competitive swimmer before becoming a world class Miler, and when he retired from professional running, he tried his hand as a triathlete but a cycling accident forced him to retire.

FUN FACT II: At the 2007 Drake Relays, Webb ran the fastest Mile in April, clocking 3:51.71.


Alan Webb’s Extreme Transformation from Miler to Marathoner

June 09, 2021

Olympian and U.S. Mile record holder takes aim at Grandma's Marathon, fresh off a 1:13 half-marathon after using pandemic time to redefine his physique.

By Amby Burfoot,

Alan Webb, the American record holder in the Mile (3:46.91 in 2007), has entered the June 19 Grandma’s...

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Alan Webb: The Finish Line is a Magnet

February 17, 2018

“There should be a purpose for everything you do in training.”

From Jonathan Marcus, High Performance West

Steve Magness and I recently interviewed American Mile great Alan Webb for the On Coaching Podcast. Alan offers amazing insight in this 90-minute tour de force about his training leading...

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Alan Webb’s Final Workout

December 08, 2017

"No, I've done more than asked my entire career. Today, I simply want to do enough. I'll run 29-flat and call it good."

By Jonathan Marcus, High Performance West

In the fall of 2013, Alan Webb asked me to coach him. Honestly, he didn't so much ask as he was desperate and had few other...

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The Summer of Webb: An Inside Look at Alan Webb’s Magical 2007 Season

August 01, 2017

“I had a genuine confidence that I could compete with anybody in the world. And that was a feeling that I’d never had before… I had tasted it before, but that solidified it.”

By Jonathan Gault,

Matthew Centrowitz still remembers it clearly. It was June 2, 2007, and he was at the...

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Jump Start: The Second Reinvention of Alan Webb

July 24, 2017

“We were in the running industry for so long, that was really all we were. That’s where all our value was, and I think it’s cool we’re able to take the skills we learned there — the hard work, the discipline, the drive — and transfer them over to a different industry.”

By Dave Devine,...

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Webb Says Centrowitz 1500 Gold Represents Century of Dedication

August 23, 2016

"Look at not just Matt, but so many other Americans and how far distance running has come in the last ten years. I hope I've played a small part in that."

By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved; used with permission

FALMOUTH, Mass. (21-Aug) -- Four...

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Special “Bannister” Screening Set for New Balance Falmouth Road Race Expo

August 05, 2016

Q&A to feature athlete who ran in historic first sub-4 minute Mile race and American record holder Alan Webb

FALMOUTH, Mass. — To mark the return of the elite Mile to Falmouth after a one-year hiatus, “Bannister: Everest on the Track", will be screened at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race’s...

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Q&A with Alan Webb

May 14, 2016

It is a sign of how well track & field is doing in general, especially in the United States. I'm happy to see that progression happening.


After representing the block M with pride while they competed for the Maize and Blue, our student-athlete alumni have gone off to become...

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Mile Moment of the Month: First prep sub-4 Mile indoors

January 05, 2015

HOKA ONE ONE presents the Mile Moment of the Month

By Bring Back the Mile

Until January 20, 2001, no prep athlete, including teen phenom Jim Ryun, had broken 4 minutes for the Mile indoors. At the 2001 New Balance Games in New York City, the newest U.S. teen Mile star Alan Webb from Reston,...

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Alan Webb Reinvents Himself as a Triathlete

October 19, 2014

“I’m not the runner that I was, but I still have this opportunity for however long.”

By Scott Cacciola, New York Times

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Alan Webb arrived at Portland International Airport last month and prepared to present his passport. He was scheduled to fly from Oregon to Denver to...

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Through the years at the Prefontaine Classic

May 29, 2014

Alan Webb steals 2001 Pre Classic; “It’s kind of a point of pride for us, that we have more sub-4-minute Miles than any other meet.”

By Chris Hansen, Register Guard

For four decades the Prefontaine Classic has been bringing the best track & field athletes in the world to Hayward Field for one...

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The Unsung Glory of the Mile Run

February 19, 2014

Alan Webb's final 1609.34 meters were a tribute to middle-distance runners everywhere.

By Svati Kirsten Narula, The Atlantic

In 2001, Alan Webb was a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. He was also a distance runner who'd been winning races and breaking records since his...

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Alan Webb Ends His Incredible Track Career at Millrose

February 16, 2014

U.S. Mile record holder ran his last competitive Mile on the track where it all began in 2001.

By Caitlin Giddings, Runner's World

Saturday was an emotional day for the U.S. Mile record holder and 2004 Olympian Alan Webb, who closed out his final track competition with an 11th place finish in...

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Alan Webb Retires from Track & Field

February 15, 2014

“I gave it everything that I had … in every way. Trying to do the best I could with what I was given. That’s what I was always trying to do. Every move that I made, every workout that I ran, I was trying to get the best out of myself. That was the common denominator. Even though I didn’t do as...

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Team Webb: Millrose Wanamaker Mile - What to Know

February 10, 2014

An excerpt from the Webb family's personal blog on Alan's last Track & Field race at the 2014 Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile. 

By Team Webb

In just a few short days, it’s hard for me to believe Alan will be boarding a plane to compete at what could be his last elite level race in the Mile. New...

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Alan Webb’s Track Career Might End Soon?

January 22, 2014

U.S. Mile record holder and 2004 Olympian eyeing triathlon?

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Alan Webb’s fabled track career may be nearing its finish, with his final race potentially coming as soon as February 15. After that, he might be reincarnated as a triathlete.

Webb’s contract...

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Alan Webb, Joy Sanders hope for better days

November 17, 2013

U.S. Mile record holder finishes 7th at HCA Virginia 8K; “For the last few years, it really has been very frustrating.”

By Paul Woody, Richmond Times-Dispatch

When almost 20,000 runners fill the streets for a stretch of almost eight hours, it can be easy to run in relative anonymity, if...

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Webb, Flanagan give Portland State coaching staff star power

September 22, 2013

"I like being around the positive energy and the enthusiasm of young guys who want to do well and want to get better," said Webb.

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

It's not clear how good the Portland State cross country teams will be this year, but there isn't a Division I program with more star...

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Alan Webb Plans Move to Longer Track Races

January 15, 2013

U.S. Mile record holder says it's time to focus on 5000 and 10,000m.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

"I’m just trying to keep things low-key, [and] didn’t feel it was necessary to make a big deal about anything,” explains U.S. Mile record holder Alan Webb in a Flotrack interview. Which is...

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Alan Webb Looks Back to Move Forward

January 14, 2013

By Ryan Fenton, FloTrack

In a 15 minute sit down with Alan Webb, Flotrack talks to the American record holder in the mile about where he's at. He just made some big changes moving back to Portland, Oregon after the birth of his daughter while making another coaching change. Alan gives reasons...

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Alan Webb on the Marathon and Other Matters

October 25, 2012

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Alan Webb, 29, is the American record holder in the Mile (3:46.91), a winner of the 1500 at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, and a two-time World Championships finalist in the 1500; his highest showing was eighth place in 2007. He's been the USA 1500 meter...

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The Next Chapter: Alan Webb

October 22, 2012

By Doug Binder, Armory Track

As Alan Webb drove into the teeth of a North Dakota rainstorm last Wednesday night, the U.S. record holder in the Mile was looking forward to new horizons on his latest trek west.

Webb is a new father and has set his sights on new goals. For more than a decade he...

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Alan Webb Is Moving, But Where?

September 24, 2012

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Is American Mile record holder Alan Webb going to end up in Portland, Oregon? Piecing together what information we do we have -- we haven't gotten responses from Webb or from his agent Ray Flynn, but will update if we do -- the answer is looking more and more...

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How the Internet Helped Build Better Olympic Runners

August 03, 2012

By Jason Paur, Wired

When Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meter race at the World Championships last year, even she looked surprised. She’d surged from the back of the pack with one lap left and became the first American woman since 1983 to take the “metric Mile” title. She’ll be racing in London as...

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Back to Brasschaat - The five year anniversary of Alan Webb’s American record

July 21, 2012

By Kevin Liao, Flotrack

Five years ago today, Alan Webb shattered the U.S. record in the Mile, running 3:46.91 to shatter Steve Scott's mark that stood for 25 years. We return to the site of the race, Brasschaat, Belgium, to relive that special moment in American track & field history.


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Alan Webb’s Race Against Time

June 26, 2012

Alan Webb, who broke the four-minute-mile barrier in high school, failed to qualify for this year’s Olympics.

By Scott Cacciola, The Wall Street Journal

Alan Webb caught himself looking at a list not long ago. It was a list of Americans who had run four-minute miles, and he noticed that it...

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Sadly, U.S. track renaissance is leaving Alan Webb behind

June 26, 2012

"If I had anything to do with that... maybe I inspired everybody too much, maybe I created a monster...''

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. - It has been all the talk for nearly a decade now, that middle- and long-distance running in the United States has been resurrected from...

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The Return of Alan Webb

June 25, 2012

By Alex Hoyt, Runner's World

On January 6, 2012, Alan Webb returned to the Armory, a brick bastion of a facility in Upper Manhattan where, almost 11 years earlier, he became the first high schooler since 1967 to break 4:00 in the Mile, and the first ever to do so indoors. This race was...

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Children of the Internet era, Webb, Ritzenhein know intense scrutiny

June 23, 2012

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

EUGENE, Ore. -- They were the lab rats. Test cases for the digital world that lay ahead and now greets every runner who shows a hint of promise, subjecting them to the scrutiny that comes with being fast young. It was the spring of 2001 and two runners born 14...

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London 2012: Alan Webb trying to unlock his elusive talents

June 19, 2012

By Rick Maese, Washington Post

Another race and another disappointing finish. Alan Webb’s legs didn’t move as fast as they should have, and afterward, his explanation struggled to find a rhythm, as well.

“I just keep — it’s just not, it’s just not, it’s not clicking for me,” said one of the...

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Webb Breaks Ryun’s High School Mile Record - This Day in Track & Field

May 27, 2012

High school phenom runs epic race against world class field at Pre Classic

By Walt Murphy, Walt Murphy's News & Results Service
(c) Copyright 2012-all rights reserved. May not be reprinted or retransmitted without permission.

EUGENE, Ore. -- South Lakes, Va. High School senior Alan Webb,...

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American distance record-holder Alan Webb battles back from injuries

April 30, 2012

By Jeff Faraudo, Bay Area News Group

PALO ALTO - His career stalled by injuries most of the past four years, Alan Webb hopes to become the runner he once was. But he doesn't expect to get there by looking back.

"I almost try not to compare myself to what I did in the past," the 29-year-old...

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Sparking an American Pastime

July 21, 2007

A nervous excitement spread through the spectators and it immediately felt as if we were doing this together, willing Alan around the track.

By JT Service, Running Times

Every sports fan has their IT moment. The day “IT” happened. Your grandfather remembers “IT” and your dad remembers “THAT”,...

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Flyin’ Past Ryun

June 01, 2001

Astounding high schooler Alan Webb smashed Jim Ryun's 36-year-old high school record for the Mile at storied Hayward Field

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

There was little doubt that high school senior Alan Webb had arrived in Eugene, Ore. for Sunday's Prefontaine Classic physically ready...

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Ready to Rock High Schoolers: Alan Webb & Dathan Ritzenhein

May 28, 2001

"It's great to write and read about these young guys now, but if you want to read about them in five or six years, my advice would be: Treat them gently."- coach Mark Wetmore

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

Two high school runners. One is a pure Miler named Jim Ryun, a slender junior from...

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Webb Wins Mile Showdown over Hall at Arcadia

April 14, 2001

Other top high school distance performances also produced at annual storied prep invitational meet

By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire

ARCADIA, Calif. - At the Arcadia Invitational on Saturday, Alan Webb was the talk of the meet, before and after, as the senior from Reston, Va. who last January...

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Alan Webb, 18, Becomes First Prep Since 1967 to Break 4 Minutes in Mile

January 20, 2001

By David Monti
(c) 2001 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

NEW YORK - Alan Webb, an 18-year-old senior at South South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., became the first U.S. prep athlete to run under four minutes for the Mile indoors at today's New Balance Games at...

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Schoolboy Webb breaks 4 minute Mile

January 20, 2001

First U.S. prep to run sub-4 indoor Mile with 3:59.86 clocking; also 4th U.S. high schooler under 4 minutes for storied distance

By Sabrina Yohannes,

Alan Webb, 18, became the first American high school athlete to run under 4 minutes for the indoor Mile on Saturday. Webb's time of 3...

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