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Watch Two-Time Olympian Go Sub-4:00 at 40 With the Help of a Dog

The pup’s owners believe an even faster time is in the cards for the next attempt.

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  • Two-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti has been training to run sub-4:00 as a 40-year-old.
  • Over the weekend, he ran a timed one-mile route with a dog named Bailey—his first time ever running with a pup.
  • The pair completed the mile at 3:59, which should break the unofficial record for the fastest mile with a dog.

    Two-time Olympic steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti has been on a quest to run sub-4:00 as a 40-year-old. He might’ve just found a new training secret.

    On February 9, he and Bailey, a Border Collie/Whippet mix, ran a 3:59 mile—possibly the fastest dog-man mile on record.

    He was approached by Bailey’s owners, Katie and Jason Rose, at his store, Reckless Running in Mooresville, North Carolina, with the idea. They typically run with Bailey at least a few times a week anywhere from 4 to 6 miles, but said she has never-ending energy.

    The couple wanted to see just how fast she really was. Famiglietti wanted to do a time trial for a mile over the weekend, and though he had never run with a dog before, he decided to go for it, he told Runner’s World.

    The current fastest-known time for a dog-human mile was 4:13, set in 2016. But Bailey’s owners were sure their pooch was faster than that.

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    Famiglietti was ready to test his speed and see what Bailey could do to help his training. So, he went out and measured a course beforehand for his warmup. He made sure to measure the straightest route he could. The course ended up being just over a mile.

    The first time Famiglietti and Bailey met was that morning, just before the run.

    When they took off, he thinks Bailey assisted for the first few seconds before settling in to a pace. Famiglietti said he knows what it feels like to run a sub-4 minute pace, so he did his work, and Bailey got to test her own speed.

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    “The first 400, she was excited, and kind of kept looking back and let me keep up with her. It wasn’t like she was pulling me too much,” he said.

    The run was filmed with a BMX bike behind them and a drone overhead, Both factors caught Bailey’s attention, leading them to believe when they try again, she will be able to go even faster.

    As of now, Bailey’s owners and Famiglietti are unaware of a faster dog-human mile, but for anyone that wants to challenge the time, the course at Fisher Farm Park is still marked for other dog owners to test the speed of their pups.

    “That dog was hauling,” Famiglietti said. “It was so fun and beneficial training-wise. I think it’s going to be a thing.”

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