Anthony Famiglietti (nickname: Fam; born November 8, 1978 in Medford, New York) is an American track and field athlete who competes professionally for Skechers Performance and Reckless Running. He was formerly sponsored by Adidas. He has competed for the U.S. in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In December 2019 he ran a World Record treadmill mile of 3:55. He has the first known recorded sub-4 mile ever run on a treadmill. In January of 2020 he followed up his mile with a World Record 2 mile run of 8:24 at the Endurance Exchange hosted by USA Triathlon. He is current training to make his 5th Olympic trials and 3rd Olympic team. In Spring 2020 he is hoping to become the 4th human being ever to break 4 minute mile on the track at 40 years old.

He has competed in a variety of middle and long distance events, ranging from the 1500 meters/mile to the 10,000 meters. He is also famous for having trained alone in New York City for many years but currently trains in Davidson, North Carolina.

Famiglietti is the subject of the independent documentary Run Reckless, which was released at the Running Movie Festival in Eugene, Oregon, at the Olympic Trials EugeneFest.

Collegiate career

After graduating from Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island, New York, Famiglietti attended Appalachian State University and the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 2000. At Appalachian State, Famiglietti was 1996 Southern Conference Freshman of the year in Cross Country and 1997 Southern Conference XC Runner of the Year runner-up. On the track, he was 1998 Southern Conference Champion in both the steeplechase and the 5000 meters. In 1998, he transferred to Tennessee, where he placed 11th at the SEC Cross Country Championships and 75th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In 1999, he was 6th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase, and 8th in his heat at the U.S. Championships. In 2000, his final year of college, Fam was 2nd at the SEC Championships, 4th at the NCAA Championships, and 7th at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he ran an 8:25.37.

Late career

In May 2018, Famiglietti announced that he would attempt to become the fourth master's runner to break the four-minute mile barrier.[1] On February 9th, 2019, he ran a 3:59 mile while tied to a dog named Bailey. It was run on a wheel measured cement course through a green space.[2]

Achievements

Personal bests

Distance Time Year Place
1500 Meters 3:35.83 2004 Rieti
Mile 3:55.71 2006 New York City
3000 Meter Steeplechase 8:17.34 2008 Beijing
5000 Meters 13:11.93 2007 Walnut
10,000 Meters 27:37.74 2006 Stanford

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