Ford Palmer

Birthday: 10/06/90 Mile PR: 3:53.3 (road) - 2016
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:36.98 - 2015
High School: Absegami High School
Hometown: Annadale, NJ
College: Monmouth University '13
Current Residence: Smithville, NJ

Team: New Jersey / New York Track Club

Ford Palmer has made great strides in his running career since his time as a high school football player and 4:25 Miler. In college at Monmouth University, Ford brought his Mile time down to 4:00.26 and won multiple conferece titles, but was a relatively unknown after graduating from Monmouth University in 2013. In 2014, Ford joined the New Jersey / New York Track Club to be coached by the great Frank Gagliano ("Gags") and hasn't looked back since.

In 2014, Palmer turned heads with his 5th place finish in the 1500m at USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, clocking 3:39.78 and placing amongst the nation's best. Later that year, Ford won the inaugural Sir Walter Miler in 3:57.61, running a perfectly executed race to break the coveted 4 minute Mile mark for the first time. 2015 saw Palmer further solidfy his breakout career when he ran his personal record 1500m time of 3:36.98 in Huesden. Ford's Mile PR of 3:53.3 comes from the 2016 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, where he finished 7th amongst some of the world's best in the Big Apple.

In 2016, Ford continued his Mile racing progress by finishing third in the BBTM Grand Prix Tour, with 18 points. Palmer earned GP Tour points when he finished third at the ServiceNow West Chester Mile in 3:56.67, second to Chris O'Hare at the Minnesota Mile in 4:02.0, fourth in 4:04 at the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. In addition, he set his Mile track PR at the 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, clocking 3:55.60, good for third.

FUN FACT: Ford follows a vegan diet, initially making the switch at age 20 because he had high cholesterol.

FUN FACT II: In 2015, worldwide, Palmer produced the most sub-4s on the track with five (5). #TopDog



Kampf Three-Peats, Masters Wins Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016 Titles

October 02, 2016

Grand prix tour with 6 stops awarded more than $125,000 plus $10,000 GP purse; Tour Performance-of-the-Year by Ben Blankenship & Emily Lipari; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event for third edition

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (October 2, 2016) – At the ...

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Kampf, Blankenship Win 5th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

September 17, 2016

Fifth edition awards an event record $30,000 prize purse; Kampf, Queen of the Road Mile, secures at least a tie for third straight Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour title at fifth stop in the Steel City; Tour 2016 finale hosted by The Navy Mile on Sunday, October 2 in Washington, DC

From GNC...

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O’Hare, Lipari Win 10th Minnesota Mile

September 11, 2016

4th stop on Bring Back the Mile Tour 2016; two-time defending women’s Tour champion Kampf adds to her standings lead; Crawford & Palmer tied for the men with two events remaining

From Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – Chris O’Hare, a 2016 Olympian from Great Britain, won Sunday’s 10th...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2015

December 30, 2015

Two HSers go sub-4, record annual first sub-4 for U.S. men, NCAA coaches vote YES to run the Mile again at outdoor Championships, $365,000-plus record prize money, BBTM Grand Prix Tour and more highlight year for storied distance

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

To say the least, it was...

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Eat Like an Elite: Ford Palmer

May 23, 2015

The 3:56-Miler packs protein into his vegan diet.

From Running Times

Ford Palmer, 24, set his Mile PR, 3:56.79, in February. The New Jersey-New York Track Club runner started a vegan diet after his college physician told him he had high blood pressure for a 20-year-old. Palmer also credits...

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Ford Palmer leads three under 4 minutes at inaugural Sir Walter Miler

August 04, 2014

Heidi Gregson clocks 4:34.05, the fastest women's time in North Carolina history

By Pat Price

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Friday night, August 1st, nearly 1,000 spectators lined the Meredith College track and stood atop the grass embankment to watch New Jersey-New York Track Club’s Ford Palmer run the...

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Ford Palmer writing surprising success story

July 13, 2014

The Absegami High School grad was a 200-pound middle linebacker in football and a good, but not dominating track man.

By Elliott Denman, Asbury Park Press Correspondent

Ford Palmer continues to write one of American track & field’s most surprising success stories of the 2014 season.


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So Close! Ford Palmer’s Four Sub-4:01 Miles

May 30, 2014

The 4-minute barrier remains elusive for the former football player

By Liam Boylan-Pett, Running Times

On March 8, Ford Palmer ran a Mile in 4:00.43. A year earlier, he had run 4:00.46, so at least his March effort was a step forward. On April 26, he ran 4:00.00 at Penn Relays. Another PR,...

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