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Kara Goucher: Going the Distance


Kara Goucher: Going the Distance

Kara Goucher

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Kara Goucher gave the distance-double, at 5000 and 10,000 meters, a good run in Beijing. She finished ninth in the 5000 and tenth in the 10,000. Turning her attention to the marathon, Goucher was a strong third in New York (2008) and Boston (2009) before finishing tenth in the 2009 World Championships.

Running start:

The former Kara Grgas-Wheeler (she married fellow University of Colorado distance runner Adam Goucher in 2001), started running in the seventh grade in order to qualify for an award at her junior high school. The award required athletic participation, so she chose cross country because the team didn’t make any cuts.


Goucher is the only American woman to earn a 10,000-meters medal in the World Championships. She finished third in 2007 in a season-best time of 32:02.05.

Career highlights:

Goucher scored her first U.S. championship when she won the 5000 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials. She has numerous runner-up finishes, including the 2008 Trials 10,000 meters, the 2007 U.S. Outdoor 10,000 and the 2006 U.S. Outdoor 5000. She won NCAA championships in the outdoor 3000 and 5000, as well as the NCAA cross country title, for the University of Colorado in 2000.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-7
  • Weight: 120
  • Birth date: July 9, 1978
  • Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
  • World Championships: None


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