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August 26, 2017

The 4:30 Mile

Everyone knows about the 4 minute mile. And Roger Bannister is a household name. But we had to ask ourselves, what’s the female equivalent of the 4:00 mile? And have we foregone an important benchmark because women are late to sport — or simply because the goal lacks numerical roundness? Whatever the reason, it’s time to change that. Let’s celebrate the sub-4:30. Because as it turns out, if we want household names, we might have to build the houses.

And thankfully, our friends at Bring Back the Mile have compiled a list of all US women to break 4:30. To date, fewer than 100 American women have ever done it (compared with almost 500 American men running sub-4:00), but one of the cool things you'll notice on this list is the huge increase in numbers over the past four years. There are many more sub-4:30's to be run. This is not only a celebration of the women who have achieved this mark, but also of the notion that we need more women's traditions in sport. 

Many more barriers to be broken. Keep going, keep flying. And bring forth your lists to celebrate!

HEAD UP, WINGS OUT!


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1.     Francie Larrieu

1975

2.     Mary Decker

1979

3.     Jan Merrill

1979

4.     CIndy Bremser

1982

5.     Ruth Wysocki

1984

6.     Suzanne Girard

1985

7.     Chris Gregorek

1985

8.     Sue Addison

1986

9.     Claudette Groenendaal

1986

10.  Diana Richburg

1987

11.  Mary Knisely

1987

12.  Linda Sheskey

1987

13.  Vicki Huber

1988

14.  Suzi Favor

1989

15.  PattiSue Plumer

1989

16.  Lynn Jennings

1990

17.  Gina Procaccio

1990

18.  Annette Peters

1991

19.  Shelly Steely

1992

20.  Ceci St. Geme

1993

21.  Regina Jacobs

1995

22.  Juli Henner

1997

23.  Amy Wickus

1997

24.  Alisa Harvey

1998

25.  Amy Rudolph

1999

26.  Sarah Thorsett

1999

27.  Mary Jane Harrelson

2003

28.  Carrie Tollefson

2006

29.  Erin Donohue

2006

30.  Tiffany McWilliams

2006

31.  Treniere Clement

2006

32.  Shannon Rowbury

2008

33.  Christin Wurth-Thomas

2008

34.  Anna Willard

2008

35.  Lindsay Gallo

2008

36.  Jenny Barringer

2009

37.  Sarah Bowman

2009

38.  Brenda Martinez

2012

39.  Kim Conley

2012

40.  Gabriele Anderson

2012

41.  Katie Flood

2012

42.  Mary Cain

2013

43.  Kate Grace

2013

44.  Brie Felnagle

2013

45.  Emma Coburn

2013

46.  Amanda Winslow

2014

47.  Molly Huddle

2014

48.  Aisha Praught

2014

49.  Katie Mackey

2014

50.  Lauren Penney

2014

51.  Abbey D'Agostino

2014

52.  Jordan Hasay

2014

53.  Morgan Uceny

2014

54.  Leah O'Connor

2015

55.  Stephanie Charnigo

2015

56.  Shelby Houlihan

2015

57.  Stephanie Garcia

2015

58.  Amanda Eccleston

2015

59.  Heather Wilson

2015

60.  Colleen Quigley

2015

61.  Lauren Johnson

2016

62.  Kerri Gallagher

2016

63.  Heather Kampf

2016

64.  Shannon Osika

2016

65.  Rachel Schneider

2016

66.  Corey McGee

2016

67.  Alexa Efraimson

2016

68.  Stephanie Brown

2016

69.  Elinor Purrier

2016

70.  Nicole Tully

2016

71.  Kaela Edwards

2017

72.  Hannah Fields

2017

73.  Emily Lipari

2017

74.  Karissa Schweizer

2018

75.  Helen Schlachtenhaufen

2018

76.  Charlene Lipsey

2018

77.  Sara Vaughn

2018


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Comments

Melissa | August 26, 2017 at 7:20am

Two Birds made the list!

I LOVE that there are TWO birds on this list! Hooray for Anna Willard Grenier and Kate Grace! Amazing, talented, and smart women.

Jennifer | August 26, 2017 at 1:02pm

I always thought of the 4

I always thought of the 4 minute 1500m ("metric mile") as the equivalent to the men's 4 minute mile. It seems much easier to remember and more meaningful than breaking 4:30 in the mile.

Vicki | August 28, 2017 at 12:15pm

Yay!

So thrilled and proud to be part of this list!!!! Thank you for the acknowledgement!!!

Angie | August 28, 2017 at 1:28pm

4:30 Mile

I love the article and reading through the list of amazing, speedy women runners! What about a 4:30 mile t-shirt?!

Mary | October 18, 2018 at 11:45am

Breaking 4 minutes in the

Breaking 4 minutes in the 1500 is so much rarer than breaking 4 minutes for menin the mile. Only a small handful of American women have gone lower and the American record is 3:56. 4:30 seems to be a better equivalent, but time will tell.