PR: 2:34:14 (2006)
Born: Dec. 31, 1981
Current Residence: Herndon, Va.
High School: Oakton HS (Va.) ‘00
College: American University ‘04
Coach: Scott Raczko
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 2003 NCAA All-American
Akbar is American University’s most decorated female runner ever, having been named a 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track All-American. She also holds five indoor and three outdoor school records and ran on two indoor relays and two outdoor relays that set school marks. She also holds three indoor school records and four outdoor school records as well as being a member four school record-holding relay teams. Akbar's coach is Scott Raczko (also the mentor of top U.S. middle distance standout Alan Webb) who first coached her at Oakton High School in Virginia. She established personal bests in six different events in 2006, including knocking four minutes off her previous half-marathon best to 1:13:12 at the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run in September and lowering her 10,000-meter best by nearly 90 seconds to 32:41.84 with a surprise third place at the U.S. nationals. Her marathon debut of 2:34:14 at the 2006 ING New York City Marathon made her the eighth fastest American woman for the year. Akbar spent her fifth year at American University pursuing her master’s degree in clinical psychology while working as a teaching assistant and assistant coach while working to further her running career. Named as a Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholar in 2006, Akbar works as a substitute teacher.
2007: 10th at USA Half-Marathon Champs (1:14:48)...49th at World
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs 10,000m (32:41.84)…12th at New York Marathon 2:34:14)…ranked #7 in 10,000m U.S. by T&FN…bests of 32:41.84 & 2:34:14.
2005: Best of 34:09.11