‘Take (Twenty) Two’: Chasing and Breaking a 20-Year Record Streak

What does it take to run a sub-4-minute mile every year for two decades? In ‘Take (Twenty) Two,’ Olympian Nick Willis offers viewers a look at the methods, mindset, and drive behind his record-setting streak.

On Jan. 29, 2022, Olympian Nick Willis set a new world record for the longest active running streak at the Millrose Games. His mile time of 3:59.71 meant that for the 20th consecutive year, he’d completed the distance in under 4 minutes. It was also the 63rd sub-4 performance of his career.

A sub-4-minute mile is something many can’t pull off in their prime, and prevailing attitudes suggest that speed declines in middle age. But Willis, 38, might argue that his age, or accumulated experience, has only served to benefit his performance throughout the years.

“Take (Twenty) Two” is a brief but intimate look into the delightfully unconventional methods of Nick Willis — a family man, pickup basketball player, skateboarder, and Olympic medalist. Enjoy.

Runtime: 6.5 minutes

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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