Events: Middle/Long Distance
PRs: 1,500m - 4:02.95 (2002); 3,000m - 8:39.36 (2002); 5,000m – 14:59.20 (2004); 10,000m – 32:11.92 (2006); Marathon – 2:27:10 (2002)
Born: January 4, 1969 in Santa Maria, Calif.
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
High School: Camarillo (Calif.) '87
College: San Diego State '91
Coach: Matt Lonergan
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: : 3-time USA Outdoor 5,000m champion (2001-2003); 2004 Olympian; 2004 Olympic Trials 5,000m runner-up; 2000 USA Indoor 3,000m champion; 10th in 1,500m at 1999 World Outdoor Champs; 8th in 1,500m at 2000 Olympic Games; 1999 Pan Am Games champion
In her first race back after giving birth, Runyan set a PR in the 10,000m, running 32:11.92 at the 2006 Oregon Invitational...Runyan gave birth to daughter Anna Lee on September 1, 2005...she has gone from heptathlete in 1996 to 1,500m Olympian in 2000 to being #1 U.S. ranked in the 5 km and marathon in 2002 and owning three U.S. 5,000m titles… became an international star in 2000 as the first-ever Paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games…one of the great success stories in U.S. track and field, Runyan not only has overcome a visual impairment but has impressively moved from the heptathlon to the middle distances…in July 2000, she overcame weeks of being hobbled by IT band problems in her knee to make her first Olympic Team, in the 1,500 meters...Runyan finished as the top American at the 2002 New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 10 seconds to post the second-fastest debut time ever by an American woman…Runyan originally finished fifth in the Nov. 3 race but was moved up to fourth-place upon the disqualification of third place finisher Olivera Jevtic due to a positive drug test…Runyan’s performance in New York equals the best finish by an American woman in the five-borough race since Kim Jones in 1996…a two-time U.S. 5,000m champion on the track, Runyan in 2002 won U.S. road titles at 5 km and 10 km…in her earlier training years, Runyan was lifting heavy weights and building explosiveness for the heptathlon events while most mid-distance runners were averaging 70 miles/week…her earlier training is the cause for her lean, muscular frame...at the age of 9, Runyan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a degenerative disorder that is the most common cause of blindness in the U.S. Since then her vision has deteriorated to 20/300 in the left eye and 20/400 in the right eye, making her legally blind...Runyan competed in gymnastics and soccer until she just couldn’t see the ball anymore…she then started participating in track and field, where she excelled in high jump in high school and picked up the heptathlon in college at San Diego State...twice nationally ranked in the top 10 in the heptathlon, she placed 10th at the 1996 Olympic Trials…at the trials Runyan broke the heptathlon 800m record with a 2:04.70, convincing her to drop the heptathlon and train for mid-distance. She disappeared from the track scene for two years after the Trials, having a knee surgery and a foot surgery, and reappeared in 1999 in dramatic fashion by winning the Pan American Games 1,500…she competed in the 1999 World Outdoor Championships, where she placed 10th in the final...in 2000, she won her first national title indoors at 3,000 meters...set numerous Paralympic records on the track and in the field in 1996... has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education of the Deaf and a Masters in Education of Deaf-Blind Children...in 2001, Runyan co-wrote and released her autobiography No Finish Line: My Life As I See It…official website is www.marlarunyan.com...married Matt Lonergan on August 5, 2002.
2006: 6th in 5,000m at USA Outdoors (15:31.78)…1st in 5,000m at Oregon
Twilight (15:15.00)…1st in 10,000m at Oregon Invitational (32:11.92)…ranked #7
at 5,000m and #6 at 10,000m in the U.S. by T&FN…bests of 15:15.30 and
2005: Did not compete (maternity).
2004: Olympic Trials 5000m runner-up (15:07.41)...9th in 5,000m semi finals at the Olympic Games (15:24.88)...1st in 5,000m in Boston (14:59.20)...1st in the 10,000m at Salem (32:39.46)...4th in 1,500m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:06.37)...ranked #6 at 1,500m and #2 at 5,000m in the U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:06.37 & 14:59.20.
2003: USA Outdoor 5,000m champion (15:16.18, U.S. Leader)...5th at Boston Marathon (2:30:28)...U.S. 5 km road champion (15:24.4)...USA 15 km championships runner-up (48:43)...ranked #2 in U.S. at 5,000m by T&FN...bests of 15:16.18 & 2:30:28.
2002: USA Outdoor 5,000m champ (15:07.19AL)...ran 2:27:10 in placing fourth at the New York City Marathon...U.S. 5 km road champ (15:27)...U.S. 10 km road champ (31:46)...1st at Gresham (15:13.96)...4th at Heusden (15:18.36)...1st at Nike Prefontaine (8:39.36AL,PR)...2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic (15:13.96)...ranked #1 in U.S. at 5 km and marathon by T&FN...bests of 8:39.36AL,PR, 15:07.19AL, 4:02.95PR& 2:27:10.
2001: USA Outdoor 5,000m champ (15:08.03)...1st in 3,000m at Prefontaine Classic (8:44.69PR)...2nd in 1,500m at Peregrine Systems U.S. Open (4:06.31)...3rd at Millrose Games Mile (4:43.90)...11th at World Champs (15:24.30)...broke American indoor 5,000m record at New York Citys Armory, running 15:07.33 on Feb. 18...ranked #1 at 3000m and 5000m and #5 at 1500m in U.S. by T&FN... bests of 4:05.31, 8:44.69 and 15:05.48.
2000: 8th in Olympic 1500m (4:08.30)...3rd at Olympic Trials 1500 (4:06.44)...won USA Indoors 3000 (9:01.29)...4th at the Carlsbad 5000 road race in her first try at the distance, with a time of 15:24...ranked #3 in 1500m and #4 in 5000m in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:06.14, 8:56.27 and 15:07.66.
1999: 10th, World Outdoor Champs...4th, USA Outdoor Champs...1st, Pan American Games... ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 2:03.18 (800) and 4:05.27 (1500).
1998: No competitive record.
1997: No competitive record.
1996: 10th in heptathlon at Olympic Trials...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 5761 in heptathlon, 2:04.70 in 800.
1995: Ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 5741 in heptathlon, 5-10.75 in high jump.