The mile has existed since ancient Roman times. It is a unit of length equivalent to 5,280 feet (1,760 yards, or about 1,609 meters), originally used by the Roman army to signify the length of one thousand paces of a Roman legion, with each pace equaling two steps. For thousands of years, no one—not one single person—could eclipse the four-minute mark. For that reason sportswriters and even physicists postulated that human evolution had certain limits and that running a mile in less than four minutes was one of those limitations.






Dr. Roger Bannister wasn’t the best athlete in the world nor the fastest runner. He was a man who dared to dream outside the box. He devised an extremely obvious yet previously unused running strategy that involved breaking the mile into four quarters or laps around the track. He then found four separate sub-minute lap runners and would repeatedly train against them in succession. He eventually got to the point where he could beat all four in a row and on May 6, 1954 Bannister did the “impossible” and ran the mile in less than four minutes for the first time in history.


His Time 3:59.4

 BUT the most amazing things happened after Bannister broke the record. Just forty-six days later, his record was broken—and then it was shattered again and again and again. In 1999 the current record was set at 3:43.13 and remains there to this day. Despite the entire world’s belief that it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes, Bannister proved it could be done. His vision and determination opened up the possibilities for everyone to start believing that anything could happen. Once people realized what was possible, it made the rest of the world faster and better.



Joe Manganiello

Best known for his work over the past two decades as an actor in film, television, and on the stage. Joe was last seen on the big screen reprising his role as “Big Dick Richie,” in MAGIC MIKE XXL, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s smash hit MAGIC MIKE. Prior to that he went head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Ayer’s action thriller SABOTAGE, and spent five years as “Alcide Herveaux,” Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s resident “Favorite Pop Culture Werewolf of All Time,” on HBO’s hit series TRUE BLOOD. 3:59’s first release, LA BARE marked the feature length documentary directorial debut for Joe, for which he won the “Triple Threat Award” at the Maui International Film Festival for his efforts in producing and directing. Joe holds a BFA in Acting from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh.

Nick Manganiello

Bringing over 10 years of experience in the industry to the table, Nick got his start in music at The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammys) before transitioning into consulting and Nielsen Metrics at The William Morris Agency. From there he jumped to the Current Programming Department at CBS Television, where he worked on hit shows including The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and Criminal Minds among others, before leaving to work in Film Production and Finance at Intrepid Pictures. It was there that Nick was a part of the development, production and distribution of the films Safe House, The Raven and The Cold Light of Day.