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Kara Goucher

Residence: Portland, OR
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Age on race day: 33

Best Qualifying Performance: 2:24:52, Boston, 2011
PRs: Half-Marathon, 1:06:57 (2007); Marathon, 2:24:52 (2011)
Olympic Trials Marathon History: Debut

Career Highlights:

Bronze Medalist – 2007 IAAF World Championships, 10,000m
9th – 2008 Olympics, 5000m
10th – 2008 Olympics, 10,000m
Ranked #3 in the World for 2008 at 10,000m
3rd – ING New York City Marathon (2:25:53)
3rd – 2009 Boston Marathon (2:32:25)

Additional Highlights:


2nd – Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon (1:12:59)
13th – IAAF World Championships 10,000m
5th – Boston Marathon (2:24:26 PR)


Did not compete due to maternity


10th – IAAF World Championships Marathon (2:27:48)
3rd – Boston Marathon (2:32:25)

Of Note:

Goucher’s World Championships medal was the first by an American woman at 10,000m … She ran the fastest half-marathon ever by an American woman in her debut at the distance, at the 2007 Bupa Great North Run Half Marathon in England, and beat Paula Radcliffe; her time of 1:06:57 does not count as a U.S. Record because of the downhill course … Goucher’s 2:25:53 in New York was the fastest debut marathon in history by an American woman … Shalane Flanagan recently became a training partner when Goucher joined coach Jerry Schumacher after seven years with Alberto Salazar … Goucher and husband Adam, a 2000 Olympian who retired earlier this year, have a son, Colton, born in September 2010.

Blog: http://karagoucher.competitor.com/

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