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Kodiak distance man Trevor Dunbar’s summer of speed continues

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: July 16
  • Published July 16

Trevor Dunbar's summer of speed continued Sunday at a track and field meet in Italy.

The runner from Kodiak delivered his third personal record (PR) of the season when he covered 1,500 meters — the metric mile — in 3 minutes, 37.98 seconds at a meet in Padova, Italy to earn eighth place in a field of 13 finishers.

Dunbar's time lowered his PR in the 1,500 by .40 of a second and wiped out his 2013 standard of 3:38.38.

The 26-year-old, a former multi-time All-America at the University of Oregon, is the only Alaskan to crack the four-minute mile. Though he's generally better at longer distances — 5,000 and 10,000 meters — Dunbar earlier this summer lowered his mile PR to 3:55.54 in a meet near Boston.

Dunbar in June lowered his PR in the 5,000 to 13:26.27 at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon. Later in June, he finished seventh in the 5,000 at the USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships in Sacramento, California.

Dunbar currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado.

This has been a bounce-back season for Dunbar, who endured injuries in 2015 and 2016. He moved to Boulder, from Eugene, last year and finished sixth at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in February in Bend, Oregon. That performance qualified him for the World Championships in Uganda, where he was a late scratch because of illness.

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