PRs: 3,000m - 8:42.59 (2000); 5,000m - 14:45.62 (2000);
10,000m 30:50.32 (2002AR); Marathon 2:21:16AR (2003)
Born: February 14, 1973, in Waltham, Mass.
Current Residence: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
High School: Agoura (Calif.) '91
College: Arkansas '96
Coach: Terence Mahon
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist; 2003 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2-time World Cross Country silver medalist (’02 & ‘03); 4-time USA 10,000m champion (‘00, ’01, ’03, ‘04); 2001 U.S. marathon champion; 5-time USA 15 km champ; 7-time U.S. 8 km cross country champion; 8-time NCAA All-American
Kastor became the first American woman to run under 2 hours 20 minutes, winning the 2006 Flora London Marathon in 2:19:36, which smashed her own American Record of 2:21:16, set in London in 2003. Her winning time made her the fourth fastest woman ever in the marathon…Kastor broke her own American Record at the Berlin Half Marathon, crossing the finish line in 1:07:34, bettering her previous record by 19 seconds. She also set new American records in the 12 km (38:24), 10 mile (51:31), and the 20 km (1:04:07) on the way to her runner-up finish in Berlin….Despite the records, Kastor said she was disappointed with 2006 and is looking for better things in 2007…Kastor didn’t let up after winning the marathon bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. She enjoyed a tremendously successful, and record-setting, 2005: Running the second fastest women's 8 km in U.S. history, Deena Kastor dominated the women's field winning the 2005 U.S. 8k Championship in 25:05. One week later she broke the American record on the roads in the 8 km with her time of 24:36 at the LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle… although injury held her back at the USA Outdoor Track Championships, she finished off the year in style, breaking the American record in the half marathon at the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run on Sept. 19 (1:07:53), surpassing Joan Samuelson’s mark of 1:08:34 set at the same race in 1984. She then just missed her own American record in winning the Chicago Marathon (2:21:25). It was the first time an American won a major marathon since Kristy Johnson won Chicago in 1994. … Kastor executed a near perfect race to earn an Olympic bronze medal in the women’s marathon…the temperatures were in the mid-80s with 50% humidity…Kastor’s bronze medal was the first U.S. medal in the Olympic Marathon since Joan Benoit’s 1984 gold medal victory at the inaugural women’s Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles and the first Olympic distance medal for the U.S. since Lynn Jennings’ 1992 bronze medal in the 10,000 meters in Barcelona…2003 also was a big year for the former Deena Drossin, including a marriage and name change to Deena Kastor…she continued her dominance as America’s finest women’s distance runner by setting an American record of 2:21:16 at the Flora London Marathon, bettering the 2:21:21 set by Benoit-Samuelson in winning the 1985 Chicago Marathon…earlier in 2003, she won her sixth USA Cross Country 8 km national title, and won the silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive year...on March 8, 2003, Kastor also won her fourth consecutive U.S. 15 km road race title in 47:15, bettering her own American record of 48:12 set at the 2002 Championships…Kastor concluded the year winning the 2003 Jesse Owens Award as USA Track & Field’s most outstanding women…in 2002 she enjoyed one of the finest years ever for an American long distance runner…she set a world best road time at the Carlsbad 5000, won her fifth U.S. 8 km cross country title, placed second at the World Cross Country Championships to lead Team USA to the team silver medal, and set the American record in the 10,000 meters…Kastor’s marathon debut at the New York City Marathon on November 4, 2001 made her the fourth-fastest American in history with her time of 2:26:58…the time placed her seventh overall and was the fastest debut marathon ever run by an American…suffered an achilles injury just weeks before the 2000 Olympics, taking 10 days completely off from running and then was unable to do proper speedwork…her Olympic performance suffered as a result…part of Team USA California training group…set U.S. women’s 10,000m record of 30:50.32 at Stanford on May 3, 2002…as a high schooler, Kastor won two California state titles in track and three in cross country while making the finals of the Kinney (now Foot Locker) national cross country championships four times…she got her degree in English/creative writing and journalism at Arkansas during an undergrad running career that saw her win seven Southeastern Conference titles…despite her success, in 1995 and ’96 she says she lost her love of running. ‘I resolved to move to Colorado after graduation to see if I could find it again’…favorite pastimes include hiking in the mountains, reading, and writing poetry and short fiction…trains more than 100 miles a week and runs with her dog, Aspen, a chocolate lab…says that cross country is her true passion…inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001…named USATF’s Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2002…married Andrew Kastor, who also is her physical therapist, on Sept. 14, 2003…official website is http://www.deenakastor.com.
2005: 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (31:45.08)U.S. 8k Champion
(25:05)1st at Chicago marathon (2:21:25)1st at 8K LaSalle (24:36AR)1st at
Jefferson marathon (67:53 AR)ranked #1 in the U.S. in the marathonbests of
24:36 (8k), 31:45.08 (10,000m), and 2:21:25 (marathon).
2004: Olympic marathon bronze medalist (2:27:20)Olympic Trials Marathon runner-up (2:29:38)Olympic Trials 10 km champion (31:09.65 meet record)ranked #3 at the marathon in the world (#1U.S.) and #1 in the U.S. at the 10,000m by T&FNbest of 2:29:38 & 31:09.65.
2003: 12th at World Outdoor Champs in 10,000m (31:17.87)1st at USA Outdoors (31:28.97)3rd at Flora London Marathon (2:21:16, American record)won U.S. Cross Country 8 km (29:06) 2nd at World Country Championships 8 km (26:02)won her fourth consecutive USA 15 km road title (47:15) bettering her previous American record set at the same event in 2002 (48:12) by 57 secondsranked #1 in U.S. at 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m by T&FN bests of 31:17.87 & 2:21:16.
2002: Set a world best road time at the Carlsbad 5000 (14:54)... 2nd in 10,000m at Stanford in American record time of 30:50.32won U.S. Cross Country 8 km (26:31)won U.S. 15 km title (48:12AR) 2nd at World XC (27:04), leading Team USA to silver-medal team finish2nd at USA Outdoors 5000m (15:13.93) 6th at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:26:53)ranked #1 at 10,000m, #2 at 5,000m in U.S. by T&FNbests of 15:13.93, 30:50.32AL, 2:26:53PR.
2001: USA Outdoor 10,000m champ (32:05.14)won U.S. Cross Country 8km (26:14)won U.S. Marathon Championship (2:26:58)11th at World Outdoor Championships (32:18.65)12th at World 8km XC (29:28)won Boulder Bolder 10km U.S. 15km road champion at Gate River Runranked #1 in 10,000m, #3 at 3000m in U.S. by T&FNbests of 8:45.77, 15:08.02, 32:05.14 and 2:26:58.
2000: Won Olympic Trials 10,000 (31:51.05 meet record), 2nd in 5,000 (15:11.55)...18th in opening 10,000m Olympic heat while competing with an Achilles injury (34:40.86)...set PR at 5,000m in Stockholm Aug. 1 with 14:45.62 (9th)...displayed good speed with PR 8:42.59 for 3000m at Zurich on Aug. 11...won both National Cross Country Champs short (4km) and long course (8km) races...12th at World Cross Country Champs long course race but fell during race after swallowing a bee...set American road record for 5km, running 15:08 at Carlsbad 5000 in March...ranked #1 in 10,000 and #2 in 5,000 in U.S. by T&FN... bests of 8:42.59 PR, 14:45.62 PR and 31:51.05 PR.
1999: Won USA XC Long Course race...3rd in 10,000 at USA Outdoors (32:00.72)...11th at World Champs (32:11.14)...bests of 8:45.13, 14:56.84 and 32:00.72.
1998: 4th in USA 8km World XC Trials...20th in World 8km XC Champs...3rd in 5000 (15:41.90 PR) at Mt SAC...10th in 5000 (16:20.37) at USA Champs...6th in 5000 at Stockholm (15:07.83 PR)...ranked #7 in U.S. at 5000 by T&FN...bests of 9:06.28 and 15:07.83.
1997: Won World University Games 10,000...won USA XC Champs ...3rd in USA Outdoors 10,000 ...ranked #4 in U.S. at 10,000 by T&FN...bests of 9:10.80, 15:43.63 and 32:47.44.
1996: Won SEC Indoor 5000 (16:43.83)...2nd in SEC 3000, 3rd in 5000...5th in 10,000 at NCAA... 5th in 5000 heat at NCAA...20th at USA XC Champs...bests of 9:35.75 and 16:29.17.
1995: Did not compete.
1994: Won SEC Indoor 5000 (16:30.22)... 4th in NCAA 10,000...12th in NCAA XC... 2nd in 5000, 5th in 3000 at SEC...7th in SEC XC...bests of 9:45.31 and 16:45.17.
1993: 2nd at 5000 in NCAA Indoor (15:52.80 PR) ...6th in NCAA XC...5th in 5000 heat at NCAA Outdoor ...won SEC Indoor 5000 (16:34.40)...won SEC 3000 (9:20.87) and 5000 (16:07.73)...ranked #9 in U.S. at 5000 by T&FN...bests of 9:16.54 and 15:52.80.
1992: 2nd in NCAA XC...won SEC and District VI XC...redshirted indoor season...8th in NCAA 5000...4th in Olympic Trials 5000...bests of 9:31.28 and 16:21.47.
1991: 4th in NCAA XC, won SEC XC...5th in USA Junior XC Trials...40th in World Junior XC Champs...2nd in National Scholastic 2M (10:41.20)...best of 9:41.6.
1990: 3rd in USA Junior XC Trials...72nd in World Junior XC Champs...6th in Kinney (Foot Locker) national XC finals...best of 9:50.5.
1989: Best of 9:59.22.
1988: Best of 10:04.36.