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Competitive Athlete
The One Mile Runner 

David O’Meara’s own aspirations drive him to continually refine his training processes and push his own body to new levels of performance. Essentially, he has created a personal “laboratory” to discover new training methods and prove his theories. From 2008 to 2012, O’Meara successfully completed five grueling 1-mile racing events around the world.

The training and recovery methods he developed for these races have become the basis of his Body Protection training program. Additionally, the experiences from his first race became the basis of his business book Creating Amazement – The O’Meara Process at Work. 

Here is a quick summary of his annual events:One Mile Runner, David OMeara at The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

In 2008, David accomplished a feat he called 20/20/20<5@45. That’s completing 20 one mile races in 20 weeks in 20 different North American cities in less than 5 minutes each at age 45. Over 5 months, from May to September, David traveled 45,000 miles, met hundreds of people, and executed the strategy he had been planning for the better part of a year. Miraculously, David was able to overcome the challenges of travel, jetlag, hotel beds, diet (he's a vegan), sickness, weather and injury to achieve his goal.

In the summer of 2009, David completed his second feat of speed and endurance. This one was even more difficult than his event in summer of 2008. The SmoothToe® New England Marathon... One Mile at a Time was 26.2 miles in 27 races, in 27 New England towns during the months of July and August (61 days). David finished under his goal time of 2 hours and 11 minutes (5 minutes per mile) with a final cumulative time of 2:07:09.14.

David completed his 2010 feat on August 7, 2010... this time going intercontinental with his Around the World in Less Than 30 Minutes. David ran 6 races, in 6 weeks, on 6 continents in a total time of 29:25:95 - under his 30 minute goal (5 minutes per mile).

During the summer of 2011, David ran the Great Wonders of the World - five to be exact. The adventure took him to two US and three international locations traveling once a month over 5 months. The goal of 5 Wonders Under 25 Minutes was to average less than 5 minutes per mile at each of the 5 locations. He completed the event on September 10th in 24 minutes and 31 seconds.

During 2012, the challenge was to run 7 one-mile races, on 7 different islands, in 7 different time zones, in 7 consecutive weeks, each under 5 minutes. During the 50 day Isles Mile Challenge, David traversed 12 time zones and travel over 30,000 miles. This event combined the themes from our first four tours: speed/strength/endurance (2008), recovery (2009), international travel (2010), and adventure racing (2011). He completed the event on the Big Island of Hawaii on August 11th with individual race times coming in 11-21 seconds faster than his original 5 minute goal.

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