Event: Race Walks
PRs: 20 km 1:32:55 (2002) 50 km 4:20:57 (1999)
Born: September 12, 1970 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Current Residence: Southbury, Ct.
High School: Highland (Albuquerque) HS ‘98
College: University of New Mexico ‘92
Club: New Balance
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2006 U.S. 50 km RW Championships; 8th in 20
km at 2006 World Cup of Race Walking
For nearly a decade, Theron Kissinger has been one of the most consistent 20
km and 50 km race walkers in America. Kissinger ended the 2006 season ranked in
the top 10 in the U.S. for the eighth time in his career at 20 km and for the
seventh time in the 50 km by Track & Field News. The season was highlighted by
his third place finish at the USA 50 km championships. Kissinger experienced an
interesting introduction to race walking. “The person who got me started when I
was in Albuquerque was Judy Clymer. I entered a few races and power walked them
back in late "88 and the summer of '89 and did alright. Judy noticed me and
talked to me about race walking, and she started training me after that. I raced
around the southwest until '98 when I raced in my first 20K Nationals. I ended
up qualifying for the Pan Am Cup 50K team that same year. That was actually my
first 50K ever in Miami, I finished sixth. It was a race of attrition. I have
since made four more Pan Am Cups and three World Cups in the 20K and 50K,” he
said. A 1992 graduate from the University of New Mexico, Kissinger is a math
teacher in everything from Algebra up to AP Calculus AB and BC. He is married to
Laurenn and he has two sons, Taylor and Brady.
2008: 13th at Olympic Trials in 20,000m RW (1:40:35)
2007: Did not compete.
2006: 3rd at USA 50 km Champs (4:36.42)…8th at USA 20 km Champs (1:39:05)…7th at Hauppauge (1:35:41)…ranked #9 at 20 km, #3 at 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:35:41, 4:31.20.
2005: 9th at USA 20 km champs (1:35:45)…ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 1:35:45.
2004: 7th at 20 km Olympic Trials…8th at 50 km Olympic Trials…ranked #8 20 km, #4 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:33:58, 4:41:53.
2003: 9th at USA 20 km…ranked #10 at 20 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:33:25, 4:58.10.
2002: 9th at USA 20 km…6th at USA 50 km Champs…67th at 20 km at World Cup…ranked #8 20 km, #6 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…best of 1:32:55, 4:26:41.
2001: 6th at USA 20 km…5th at U.S 50 km…ranked #7 20 km, #7 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:34:01, 4:23:39.
2000: 9th at Olympic Trials 50 km…17th Pan Am Cup 50 km…ranked #8 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…best of 4:51:30.
1999: 10th at USA 20 km Champs…8th at USA 50 km Champs…ranked #10 20 km, #8 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:35:56, 4:20:57.
1998: 9th at USA 20 km Champs…6th in 50 km at Pan Am Cup…ranked #10 20 km, #7 50 km in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 1:35:48, 4:37:55.