Will Leer

Birthday: 04/15/85 Mile PR: 3:51.82 - 2014
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:34.26 - 2014
High School: Minnetonka HS
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
College: Pomona College '07
Current Residence: Boulder, CO

Will Leer won the 2014 Morton Games Mile, clocking meet and personal records (3:51.82) as well as the fabled Wanamaker Mile at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games on February 15 in a then PR 3:52.48.

Leer is a four-time NCAA Division III national champion including two Indoor Mile titles (2006-07), and the Minnesota native is the only Division III athlete to win both the 1500 meters and 5000 meters, which he accomplished at the 2007 Outdoor National Championships.

In March 2013, Leer won the USA Indoor Mile (3:58.79 - fastest Mile at altitude indoors; now #2 AT) and 3000m titles, his first national crowns, in Albuquerque, NM.

FUN FACT: In October 2016, Will married 2016 Olympian Aisha Praught who sports a 4:26.14 Mile PR, and together, they are the second fastest married couple for the Mile!



Fastest Married Couple Mile PR Combo

October 25, 2016

Top 10 talented track tandems span over a 30-plus year period

By Bring Back the Mile

The recent marriage of top Mile athletes Aisha Praught & Will Leer prompted BBTM to compile a list of the fastest married couples in the Mile. Sitting at the top of the talented tandems are three-time U.S....

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5 Steps to Running Your Fastest Mile

June 04, 2015

U.S. champ Miler Will Leer leads the way to your next PR

By Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Magazine

"There is nothing like standing on the start line of the 1500 meters. It always will be the blue ribbon event. It is the last day. The stadium is full. Everybody is watching. You feel like a...

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Minnetonka native outrunning Father Time and everyone else

May 08, 2014

At 29, Will Leer is running better than ever and making a stop in his home state.

By Rachel Blount, Star Tribune

The Fu Manchu mustache has been around for several years now, long enough to become Will Leer’s signature look. The prodigious beard is a new addition to the Minnetonka native’s...

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Does the Mile still matter?

April 04, 2014

Nick Willis: "It is important for the casual fan because people understand a sub-4 minute Mile. A 3:38 1500m doesn’t mean anything to most people."

By SPIKES Magazine

SPIKES sat down with two of the world's top Milers Nick Willis and Will Leer and Mile legend John Walker to find out why they...

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Throwback Thursday: Will Leer

October 03, 2013

The Minnetonka Mile star split time between soccer and running in high school

By Liam Boylan-Pett, from Running Times

Who: Will Leer
High School: Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka, MN, Class of 2003
HS Personal Records:
400m: 50.8
800m: 1:54.6
1600m: 4:16.4
Current PRs:
1500m: 3:35.27...

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The Year of Leer?

July 16, 2013

More miles, more mustache and more maturity are leading Will Leer to impressive results

By Sarah Barker, Running Times

Is it the six weeks at altitude? Is it the introduction of 100-mile weeks? Is it simply maturity? Could it be that training solo better suits his style? Or is Will Leer's...

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Is Something Wrong with U.S. Milers?

June 19, 2013

A perfect storm of factors leads to a lack of fast 1500 meter times in 2013 for U.S. men

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

As runners line up for the first round of the men’s 1500 meters on Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, none of them will have the "A"...

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Will Leer’s Journey to Moscow Runs Through Southern California

April 25, 2013

By Kevin Sully, Daily Relay

Most twenty-somethings who relocate to Los Angeles do it to chase a dream. They don’t envision moving into their parents’ home or being in bed before 10:00 p.m. Then again, most twenty somethings aren’t elite athletes trying to revitalize their career.

For Will...

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Competitive Mile Field to Collide at Kansas Relays

April 11, 2012

2010 and 2011 Relays champions Peter van der Westuizen and Will Leer return for another shot at sub-4-minute mile at Memorial Stadium 

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Eight of the nation’s top milers have agreed to race in the prestigious Glenn Cunningham Mile at the 2012 Kansas Relays it was announced by KU...

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Will Leer Does the Albuquerque Double

March 13, 2013

By Down the Backstrecth

Will Leer went to Albuquerque to battle Bernard Lagat and returned a double USA champion.  The Minnetonka grad had won NCAA DIII Championships, but the 3000m/Mile double at the USA Indoor Championships was his first, and second national titles. The double prompted one...

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High Schooler Mary Cain Wins National Indoor Mile Title

March 04, 2013

16-year-old defeats field of pros in tactical race; Leer clocks fastest indoor Mile at altitude

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Against a field of pros at the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on Sunday, 16-year-old Mary Cain elected to “keep it slow and kick it out” in the women’s...

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Centrowitz, Lakhouad Win New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Miles

February 02, 2013

Wynne, Frazier high school Mile champions; NBIGP kick-off to the Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

BOSTON – (February 2, 2013) – When it comes to the Mile, the 2013 indoor track season has been thus far quite thrilling with Mary Cain’s U.S. high school record and...

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