Kyle Merber

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Kyle Merber
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Personal information
Born (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 30)
Bronxville, New York
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight138 lb (63 kg)
Event(s)Mile, 1500 metres
College teamColumbia
ClubNew Jersey*New York Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 meters: 1:47.23[1]
1500 meters: 3:34.54[1]

Kyle Merber (born November 19, 1990)[2] is a former American mid-distance runner who specialized in the mile and the 1500 metres. He was sponsored by Hoka One One and competed for the New Jersey*New York Track Club before retiring from the sport in 2021.

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

In 6th grade, Merber began sprint training with Charlie Bell, a local high school coach from New Jersey.[3] He would practice sprinting with a bungee cord tied to him for strength development.[3] Merber attended Half Hollow Hills West High School, where he competed in cross country and track.[3] During high school he was successful in a wide range of events, posting personal bests of 1:53 in the 800 meters and 9:06 in the 3200 meters.[3]


Merber first attended Columbia University, where he specialized in the mile and 1500. At Columbia, Merber set the Ivy League indoor mile record when he finished in 3:58.52 at the 2010 Columbia Last Chance meet at the Armory.[4] That summer, however, Merber stepped on a piece of glass during a training run near his home on Long Island, which put him out of competition for a year.[5] However, Merber had a resurgent senior year, and in May 2012, at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, he outkicked Nate Brannen to set an American collegiate 1500 meter record in 3:35.59.[5]He graduated from Columbia in 2012.[6]

The following school year, Merber enrolled in a masters program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he used his remaining year of NCAA eligibility resulting from his missed junior season at Columbia.[7]


After graduating from UT in 2013, Merber joined the New Jersey*New York Track Club under coach Frank Gagliano. He is also sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.[8] He was a member of the United States' distance medley relay team which set the world record of 9:15.50 at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau.[9]

Merber has been a resident of Clinton, New Jersey.[10]

Merber announced his retirement on instagram on January 4th, 2021.[11]

Personal bests[edit]

Surface Event Time Date Location
1500 m 3:34.54 May 30, 2015 Greenville, SC
Mile 3:54.57 August 5, 2016 Raleigh, NC
Mile 3:52.22 February 26, 2016 Boston, MA
3000 m 7:49.39 January 28, 2017 New York (Armory), NY
Road Mile 3:53.5 September 13, 2014 New York, NY



  1. ^ a b c IAAF. "IAAF: Kyle Merber - Athlete Profile". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kyle Merber". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Anna Hiatt (April 11, 2012). "Runner's World: Kyle Merber is Back on Track". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  4. ^ [1] Gregory Kremler. Columbia Spectator: Sophomore Merber breaks Ivy record with 3:58 mile. March 8, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2016
  5. ^ a b Peter Gambaccini (May 16, 2012). "Runner's World: Brief Chat: Kyle Merber's Breakthrough". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "AitN: July 13, 2020". Columbia College Today. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Rachel Wenzlaff (October 14, 2012). "The Daily Texan Sports Updates". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Christopher Chavez (June 4, 2013). "Flotrack: Kyle Merber joins New Jersey New York Track Club". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "USA "Motley Crew" Caps Distance Relay Sweep With Wild World-Record Victory In Men's DMR". Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  10. ^ Staff. "For Kyle Merber, it’s all about running and promoting the sport he loves", USA Track & Field, May 16, 2016. Accessed June 30, 2019. "A 25-year-old resident of Clinton, New Jersey, Merber is recognized as a talented runner specializing in the mile and 1500 meters, whose love affair with track and field began years ago."
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