The fastest mile times

by keeprunningstrong

Watch Alan Webb run the fastest high school mile ever in 2001. Also as an added bonus, see Hicham El Guerrouj, the world record mile runner, win this race.

In Prof. Scauzillo’s class at Cal State Fullerton the other day, we briefly discussed the topic of my blog, running. And the Professor enquired about the fastest mile time ever ran.

At the time, I didn’t know the answer. Other than an occasional 5k, I’ve been out of competitive running for over 10 years now.

But since I’m maintaining a blog about running, I should know the fastest mile.

I dug up some interesting information.

According to, the fastest mile time ever ran happened on July 7 1999. Hicham El Guerrouj, of Morocco ran a 3:43.13 mile in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

“Hicham El Guerrouj won a brilliant battle with Noah Ngeny …” writes. “With Ngeny virtually on his heels down the stretch, El Guerrouj broke the mile record with a time of 3:43.13. Ngeny’s time of 3:43.40 remains the second fastest mile.”

The record wasn’t broken during the Olympic games or at the World Championships, the website says. The mile is not a part of the competition. They run the 1500, which is 100 meters less than the mile.

And the person who holds the record for the 1500 with a time of 3:26 is also El Guerrouj.

Yet another impressive statistic lies in the high school ranks. The fastest prep school mile ever ran, according to, is 3:53:43. Alan Webb, on May 27, 2001 in Eugene Oregon set the all-time high school record for the mile.

Webb, today, is also the American mile record holder with a time of 3:46.91 set on July 2007, “shattering Steve Scott’s 25-year-old American mile mark of 3:47.69,” says.