The Michigan Track Classic began as the Running Institute Mile, a last-minute event organized to help Nick Willis prepare for the IAAF Moscow World Championships in 2013. Willis proposed Saline High School host a local mile race that would enable him to stay with his wife and four-week old son in Ann Arbor rather than chase the Summer professional track meets in Europe. Organizers were hopeful for a crowd of 700-800 people, but were stunned when 4000 people showed up to get a glimpse of a sub four-minute mile. The race was won by Willis in a time of 3:56. Enthusiastic fans surrounded the track as seven men dipped under the four-minute mark.


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2013 Results

1) Nick Willis 3:56.57
2) Dan Clark 3:57.40
3) Miles Batty 3:58.06
4) Macklin Chaffee 3:58.97
5) Tony Jordanek 3:58.99
6) Dan Lowry 3:59.30
7) Liam Boylan-Pett 3:59.50
8) Joshua McAlary 4:00.49
9) Kenyon Neuman 4:05.73
10) Ian Boyle 4:05.88
11) Tony Filipek 4:16.15
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