Alan Webb Begins Triathlon Career Sunday

American mile record-holder Alan Webb, who recently retired as a competitive runner, is now pursuing triathlon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

New documentary about Webb’s running career released this week.

American mile record-holder Alan Webb will make his triathlon debut this Sunday at the Pan American Triathlon Confederation Mixed Relay Pan American Championships in Sarasota, Fla.

Webb, 31, will have another fast runner, fellow American Lukas Verzbicas, on his team. Webb will not compete in the elite men’s race, which will take place on Saturday. The mixed relay format, also referred to as 4 x Mixed Relay by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), was introduced in 2009 and consists of four athletes – two men and two women – each completing a super sprint triathlon before tagging their teammate. Sunday’s event will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and each athlete will swim 350 meters, bike 6.4 kilometers and run 2 kilometers.

Webb was one of the most talented runners in U.S. history. He first gained notoriety when he ran a sub-4:00 mile in high school, making him just the fourth American to do so. Three months later, Webb broke the 36-year-old national record for high school boys with a 3:53 mile. He reached the top of the sport in the summer of 2007, setting the American record in the mile (3:46.91) and winning an international race at track and field’s highest level of competition. The success was short-lived. He fell off the following summer at the age of 25 and never regained the level he hit in 2007. Having just lost his Nike endorsement deal after six years of mediocre results, Webb announced his retirement from professional running in January.

USA Track & Field recently released a mini-documentary about Webb’s running career. The “Alan Webb Story” is an exciting 12-minute compilation of highlights from Webb’s career, beginning in high school all the way through to his last indoor mile race this past February. 

VIDEO: “The Alan Webb Story” on USATF.tv

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