Who is Kara Goucher?
Since I researched Olympic marathoner Desiree Davila yesterday, I thought it only fair to also write about her two teammates, Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. As I’ve already admitted, Kara Goucher is by far one of my favorite runners. She is tough. She is fast. She is a mom. And she seems to have such a great personality. I’ve been following her for several years, but I still had to do a little research for today’s blog. (I’m not a stalker, I promise.) So here you have it, Kara Goucher 101:
Born Kara Grgas in Queens New York, she had her first run with her grandfather when she was six years old. By the time she was in the seventh grade, she was running because she truly enjoyed it, and also because she wanted a medal in something. (She probably earned a few of them.) After graduating from Duluth East High School, she continued her running career at the University of Colorado. You can check out her accomplishments here. Most notably during college, she was the NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters, the NCAA Cross Country Champion, and a 5000 meter Olympic Trials finalist. She made her first appearance at the Olympics in 2008 where she placed 10th in the 10000 meters, with a time of 30:55.16, and 9th in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:49:39.
As a marathoner, Kara made her debut at the 2008 New York City Marathon. She placed 3rd with a time of 2:25:53. That’s a pretty nice way to make an entrance into the marathon world if you ask me. Since then, she has continued to have many impressive performances:
-2007 Great North Run, 1st place: 1:06:57
-2009 Boston Marathon, 3rd place: 2:32:25
-2009 Lisbon Half Marathon, winner: 1:08:30
-2009 Chicago Half Marathon, 1st place (20 seconds before the 1st male): 1:08:05
-2009 World Championship in Athletics, 10th place: 2:27:48
-2011New York City Half Marathon, 3rd place: 1:09:03
-2011Boston Marathon, 5th place (personal best AND 7 months after giving birth!): 2:24:26
-2011 Miami Beach Half Marathon, 2nd place: 1:12:59
-2012 Olympic Trials: 3rd place: 2:26:06
-2012 Portland Half Marathon, 1st place: 1:13:05
-2012 New York Half Marathon, 3rd: 1:09:12
Kara is married to fellow runner Adam Goucher and she has a son named Colt. Other than running, Kara and her husband keep up a pretty entertaining blog, told from Colt’s perspective about her preparations for London. She also has her own blog (although not updated that frequently), and has just recently joined the Twitter world. Currently she is training in Portland with teammate Shalane Flanagan and has a little over one month to go before the 2012 London Olympic Marathon. And if you want to see how she is getting her son ready for the world of running, check out this video.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Sink Brown
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