Alan Webb (runner)

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Alan Webb
Alan Webb.jpg
Webb at the KBC Night of Athletics in 2007
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1983-01-13) January 13, 1983 (age 35)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 m, One mile
College team Michigan
Club Oregon Track Club
Coached by Jerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
World finals

2005 1500 m

2007 1500 m
Personal best(s) 800 meters: 1:43.84[1]
1500 meters: 3:30.54[1]
Mile: 3:46.91[1] AR
3000 meters: 7:39.28[1]
5000 meters: 13:10.86[1]
10,000 meters: 27:34.72[1]

Alan Webb (born January 13, 1983, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American former track and field athlete and former triathlete. He holds the American national record in the mile, with a time of 3:46.91 (min:sec). Webb represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 1500-meters race. He competed professionally for Nike until the end of 2013. He retired after the 2014 Millrose Games to focus on training for the triathlon.

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

Webb attended South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. In 1999, he broke Jim Ryun's national sophomore mile record of 4:07.8 by running 4:06.94. During the fall season of his senior year, Webb placed second at the 2000 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships behind Dathan Ritzenhein. At the New Balance Games in January 2001, Webb's mile time of 3:59.86 at New York City’s Armory made him the first American high schooler ever to run a sub-four minute mile indoors. Webb's time broke the previous American indoor high school record of Thom Hunt — a 4:02.7 — as well as Hunt's indoor HS AR in the 1500 m (3:46.6) as Webb came through the 1500 mark in 3:43.27. Webb's record was surpassed fifteen years later by Andrew Hunter from Loudoun Valley High School in Virginia with a time of 3:58.25 set on the same track. Four months later, at the age of 18 years, 4 months, and 14 days, on May 27, 2001 at the Prefontaine Classic, Webb ran a mile in 3:53.43 to shatter Ryun's 36-year-old national high school record of 3:55.3. En route Webb passed the 1500 mark in 3:38.26 to take down Ryun's 37-year-old high school AR of 3:39.0 set in 1964. He followed up his run at Prefontaine by winning the Virginia State High School 800 m title in 1:47.74 to become the fourth-fastest high schooler ever at that distance. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 2001.[2]


Following his high school achievements, Webb went on to run both cross country and track for the University of Michigan. During the fall cross country season, he won several meets including the Wolverine Interregional and the Big Ten Championships (both 8 kilometer races) in times of 25:12 and 23:19.9, respectively. After claiming runner-up at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to Boaz Cheboiywo, he finished in eleventh place at the NCAA Championships with a time of 29:38 for the 10 kilometer race to earn All-American honors. After redshirting the indoor track season, he won the Big Ten championship in the 1500 m run during the outdoor season, clocking a time of 3:49.27 to win the title. Webb competed in this race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships a few weeks later, finishing in fourth place with a time of 3:43.23. Shortly after the completion of the outdoor season, Webb decided to leave the university to turn professional and return to his high school coach and mentor Scott Raczko. He continued his collegiate education at George Mason University.


Alan Webb at the 2006 Prefontaine Classic

Since turning professional in 2002, Webb has competed for Nike. In 2004 he became an Olympian by winning the 1500 m in the U.S. Olympic Trials. He was later eliminated in the first round of Olympic competition in Athens. In 2005, he won another national title at 1500 m, and made it to the Finals of the World Championships in Helsinki in that event. He also set personal records at every distance from the 1500 to the 5000 m, setting the American record at 2 miles along the way.

In 2007, Webb once again won the national championship in the 1500 m run, surging past Bernard Lagat in the final 50 meters for the title. He then finished 8th in the final of the 1500 m at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. On July 6, 2007 Webb won the IAAF Golden League meet 1500 m race in Paris in a lifetime best of 3:30.54, third fastest on the American list. On July 21, 2007, at a meet in Brasschaat, Belgium, Webb broke the American record in the mile. His time of 3:46.91 bested the 25-year-old record of 3:47.69 run by Steve Scott. He ended the year with a victory in the New York Fifth Avenue Mile.[3]

On July 6, 2008, Webb failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in the 1500 m after finishing 5th in the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon with a time of 3:41.62.

After many disappointing results since breaking the American mile record, Webb decided in August 2009 to move to Portland, Oregon, to train with coach Alberto Salazar.[4] At the time, Salazar already coached Kara Goucher, Galen Rupp, Amy Yoder Begley, and Dathan Ritzenhein, and Webb was his first 1500 m runner.[5] In March 2011, Webb decided to leave Salazar on amicable terms.[6]

In 2010, he underwent surgery for an Achilles tendon injury and returned at the Fifth Avenue Mile in September, finishing in fourth behind defending champion Andrew Baddeley.[7]

After his split with coach Alberto Salazar, Webb decided to be coached closer to home under the University of Virginia's Jason Vigilante.

Alan Webb returned to Portland to join Jerry Schumacher’s group and was focused on 5000 m & 10,000 m, and eventually the marathon.[8]

Alan Webb has announced his retirement from track running following the 2014 Millrose Games Wannamaker Mile on February 15, 2014.[9]


In 2013, Webb began as a volunteer assistant coach at Portland State University for cross country.[10]


Alan Webb married Julia Rudd in October 2010, who also enjoys running and is an assistant coach for a high school cross county team.[11] Alan and Julia have two daughters, Joanie and Paula.[12][13]

Select races by event[edit]

800 m

Competition Result Time Location Date
Virginia High School State Championship 1 1:47.74[14] Newport News, Virginia 2000-06-01
Seville Round B 1 1:46.53 Seville, Spain 2004-06-05
Grand Prix 2 1:45.80 Malmö, Sweden 2007-07-03
KBC Night of Athletics 1 1:43.84 Heusden, Belgium 2007-07-28
Meeting Citta Di Padova 8 1:48.34 Padua, Italy 2010-09-03

1500 m

Competition Result Time Location Date
Prefontaine Classic 2 3:38.26[15] Eugene, Oregon 2001-07-18
Olympic Trials Finals 1 3:36.13 Sacramento, California 2004-07-18
Olympic Qualifying Round 1 9 3:41.25 Athens, Greece 2004-08-20
USATF Outdoor Championships 1 3:41.97 Carson, California 2005-06-25
World Track and Field Championships 9 3:41.04 Helsinki, Finland 2005-08-10
Rieti 3 3:32:52 Rieti, Italy 2005-08-28
USATF Outdoor Championships 1 3:34.82 Indianapolis, Indiana 2007-06-24
Meeting Gaz de France Paris St. Denis 1 3:30.54 Paris, France 2007-07-06
Olympic Trials Finals 5 3:41.62 Eugene, Oregon 2008-07-06
Notturna di Milano 5 3:36.21 Milan, Italy 2010-09-09
Melbourne Track Classic 3 3:37.82 Melbourne, Australia 2011-03-03
Oxy Invitational 7 3:37.26 Los Angeles, California 2012-05-18
Prefontaine Classic 10 3:45.59 Eugene, Oregon 2013-05-31
American Milers Club High Performance Series Meet #3 10 3:42.88 Indianapolis, Indiana 2013-06-15


Competition Result Time Location Date
Nike Prefontaine Classic 1 3:50.83 Eugene, Oregon 2004-06-19
Aviva London Grand Prix 4 3:50.73 London, United Kingdom 2004-07-30
Bislett Games 4 3:48.92 Oslo, Norway 2005-07-29
Prefontaine Classic 11 4:00.87 Eugene, Oregon 2006-05-28
Boston Indoor Games (Indoors) 1 3:55.18 Boston, Massachusetts 2007-01-27
Drake Relays 1 3:51.71 Des Moines, Iowa 2007-04-28
Atletiek Vlaanderen 1 3:46.91 Brasschaat, Belgium 2007-07-21
Nike Prefontaine Classic 10 3:55.99 Eugene, Oregon 2009-06-07
Prefontaine Classic 11 3:59.47 Eugene, Oregon 2012-06-02

3000 m

Competition Result Time Location Date
Nike Prefontaine Classic 3 7:39.28 (en route) Eugene, Oregon 2005-06-04

2 Mile

Competition Result Time Location Date
Nike Prefontaine Classic 2 8:11.48 Eugene, Oregon 2005-06-04
Adidas Track Classic 6 8:33.92 Carson, California 2006-05-21
Prefontaine Classic 9 8:23.97 Eugene, Oregon 2007-06-10

5000 m

Competition Result Time Location Date
Penn Relays 1 13:46.31 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2004-04-29
Penn Relays 1 13:30.25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2005-04-28
Berlin Golden League 8 13:10.86 Berlin, Germany 2005-09-04
Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 21 13:37.68 Palo Alto, California 2013-04-28

10000 m

Competition Result Time Location Date
Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 1 27:34.72 Palo Alto, California 2006-04-30

Cross Country

Competition Result Time Distance Location Date
USA Cross Country Championships 8 11:31 4 km Indianapolis, Indiana 2004-02-07
USA Cross Country Championships 4 35:21 12 km Indianapolis, Indiana 2004-02-08
USA Cross Country Championships 6 11:48.3 4 km Vancouver, Washington 2005-02-12

Personal records[edit]


Distance Mark Date Location
800 m 1:43.84 2007-07-28 Heusden
Kronenberg Kilometer 2:33.36 2004-05-09 Bayne-Driver Invite, Fredericksburg VA
1,000 m 2:20.32 2005-06-11 New York City
1,500 m 3:30.54 2007-07-06 Paris
Mile 3:46.91 2007-07-21 Brasschaat
3,000 m 7:39.28 2005-06-04 Eugene
2 miles 8:11.48 2005-06-04 Eugene
5,000 m 13:10.86 2005-09-04 Berlin
10,000 m 27:34.72 2006-04-30 Palo Alto


Distance Mark Date Location
1,000 m 2:23.68 2001-03-03 VA AAA Championships
1,500 m 3:41.93 2004-02-14 Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mile 3:55.18 2007-01-27 Boston(Boston Indoor Games)
3,000 m 7:47.19 2005-01-28 BU Invitational
2 miles 8:45.19 2001-03-11 Nike Indoor Classic

Cross country[edit]

Distance Mark Date Location
4,000 m 11:31 2004-02-07 Indianapolis
10,000 m 29:38[16] 2001-11-19 Greenville
12,000 m 35:21 2004-02-08 Indianapolis

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

Lear, Chris (2003). Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile. Rodale Books. ISBN 1-57954-746-X. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Sanya Richards