Nick Willis to Run 2010 Falmouth Mile
By: Falmouth Road Race
August 9, 2010
(Falmouth, Mass.) New Zealand’s Nick Willis, the 2008 Olympic 1,500 meter Silver
Medalist in Beijing will compete in the CIGNA Falmouth Invitational Mile on Saturday
night at Falmouth High School. High school races begin at 5:50 with the Elite Women at
6:15 p.m. and the Elite Men at 6:30 p.m.
Willis, who was born in New Zealand, attended the University of Michigan where
he was a 2 time NCAA Champions and 5 time All-American. In the 2004 Athens
Olympic Games he advanced to the semi-finals of the 1,500 meters. He won the 2006
Commonwealth Games 1,500 meters, and established a New Zealand record while
breaking the famous John Walker’s time in the 1,500 (3:32.17). Willis has a best one
mile run of 3:50.77. Willis was twice voted “Top Male Athlete at the Penn Relays.”
In 2008 Willis also won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, beating out twice-
world champion Bernard Lagat of the United States.
“This is our first Olympic Games medalist in the mile,” said race director John
Carroll. “We are extremely honored he will run here.” Willis will join Nicole Edwards, a
2008 Michigan grad and last years women’s mile runner-up as favorite in their respective
races.” So Saturday could be a blue and maize day at the Falmouth track.