Trevor Dunbar breaks 4-minute barrier [Track]

July 15, 2013
Trevor Dunbar

Move over Roger Bannister, you’ve got company.

Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar became the first Alaska runner to break the famed four-minute barrier in the mile, clocking a PR of 3:59.06 at the Roughrider Twilight meet in Portland, Ore.

Dunbar is a 22-year-old All-American at the University of Oregon.

“Thinking I could run a little faster, but the goal was just sub-four and I’m happy,” he told flotrack.com.

His father, Marcus, a former Oregon star, was on hand, sporting a green Ducks hat and a big smile.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “I’ve made several attempts myself and came up short every time, so it’s vindication to have Trevor do it, especially since no Alaskan has ever done it. I kind of wanted that to me at one time … good to see Trevor get it done.”

Dunbar’s biggest influence has been his father, now a championship coach and long considered one of the greatest runners in Alaska history.

He honored his old man in a special way during the race.

“I wore his old jersey he used to race in, so that makes it a little more symbolic,” Dunbar said.

Breaking four minutes in the mile has become the standard for elite runners, a fraternity started by Bannister in 1954. Now it includes one of our own in Dunbar, a former state champion out of Kodiak High.

“Trevor Dunbar became a part of Alaska sports history tonight,” said Alaska Hall of Fame president Harlow Robinson. “As Alaskans we should all congratulate Trevor and celebrate the moment.”

Watch more video of Portland 10k Chase/Roughrider Twilight Meet 2013 on flotrack.org