Nick Willis and his sponsor, Tracksmith, have teamed up to create a New Year’s celebration like no other. The five-time Olympian will ring in 2022 with a record-breaking attempt at a sub-four-minute mile. If he runs under four minutes, he will set a world record for most consecutive years of breaking four minutes for the mile. The race will take place at the Armory track in New York City on New Year’s Eve.
Willis currently holds the record for most consecutive years running a sub-four-minute mile, with 19. He ran his first sub-four mile as a 19-year-old at the University of Michigan in 2002. He wasn’t the only great runner in his family – Steve Willis (his brother) also ran sub-four, and they are the only brothers in New Zealand to run a four-minute mile.
Nick is a two-time Olympic medallist in the 1,500m. He won bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 (which was later upgraded to silver after Rashid Ramzi was caught doping in 2011), and a bronze medal at Rio 2016.
The New Year’s Eve Mile Gala will be a party that also features racing. There will be community races starting earlier in the evening for all runners interested, followed by a celebrity mile, elimination mile (the last runner across the line every 400m is eliminated) and NYC fastest mile. There will be food, drinks and music for guests, on the Armory infield.