Deena Kastor

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Deena Kastor
Deena Kastor at the 2007 Boston Marathon.jpg
Deena Kastor at the 2007 Boston Marathon
Personal information
Born(1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 41)
Waltham, Massachusetts
ResidenceMammoth Lakes, California
Height5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
Weight104 pounds (47 kg)
Websitehttp://www.deenakastor.com
Sport
Country United States
Event(s)Marathon, 10,000 m
College teamArkansas Razorbacks
ClubTeam Running USA
Coached byTerrence Mahon
Achievements and titles
World finals2007 10000 m, 6th
2003 10000 m, 12th
2003 10000 m, 11th
1999 10000 m, 11th
Olympic finals2000 10000 m
2004 Marathon  Bronze
2008 Marathon (DNF)
Personal best(s)

3000 m: 8:42.59
5000 m: 14:51.62
10000 m: 30:50.32
Half Marathon: 1:07:34 NR

Marathon: 2:19:36 NR
 
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Deena Kastor
Deena Kastor at the 2007 Boston Marathon.jpg
Deena Kastor at the 2007 Boston Marathon
Personal information
Born(1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 41)
Waltham, Massachusetts
ResidenceMammoth Lakes, California
Height5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
Weight104 pounds (47 kg)
Websitehttp://www.deenakastor.com
Sport
Country United States
Event(s)Marathon, 10,000 m
College teamArkansas Razorbacks
ClubTeam Running USA
Coached byTerrence Mahon
Achievements and titles
World finals2007 10000 m, 6th
2003 10000 m, 12th
2003 10000 m, 11th
1999 10000 m, 11th
Olympic finals2000 10000 m
2004 Marathon  Bronze
2008 Marathon (DNF)
Personal best(s)

3000 m: 8:42.59
5000 m: 14:51.62
10000 m: 30:50.32
Half Marathon: 1:07:34 NR

Marathon: 2:19:36 NR

Deena Michelle Kastor (born Deena Michelle Drossin on February 14, 1973) is an American long-distance runner. She holds American records in the marathon, half-marathon, and numerous road distances. She won the bronze medal in the women's marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She is also an eight-time national champion in cross country.

Career highlights[edit]

In high school, Kastor won three California state cross country titles[1] and two CIF California State Meet titles at 3200 meters while running for Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California.[2] She also competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships all four years of her prep career. At the University of Arkansas she was a four-time SEC champion and an eight-time All-American. Post-collegiately, Kastor ran under coaches Joe Vigil and Terrence Mahon (currently head of the Mammoth Lakes, California training group).

Kastor has earned two silver medals (2002 Dublin, long race; 2003 Lausanne, long race) in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

She holds U.S. records in the following events:

Kastor formerly held the following record:

In recent years, Kastor has shifted her focus toward the marathon distance. After winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Marathon, she won the 2005 Chicago Marathon. In 2006, she won the London Marathon, setting an American record. She placed sixth at the 2006 New York City Marathon and fifth at the 2007 Boston Marathon.

In April 2008, Kastor won the U.S. women's Olympic marathon trials in Boston, Massachusetts. She finished with an unofficial time of 2:29:35, after overtaking competitor Magdalena Lewy Boulet in mile 23. Kastor ran most of the race from behind, while Lewy Boulet built a commanding lead very early on, running alone for most of the marathon. With some 10 miles (16 km) to go, Kastor made a move to catch up to Lewy Boulet, stringing out the field. Lewy Boulet took second place in 2:30:19.

In August 2008, Kastor pulled out of the women's marathon at the Beijing Olympics with a foot injury. At about the 5-kilometer (3.1 mi) mark, she dropped to one knee, holding her right foot. She attempted to rise, but dropped back down again and was forced to withdraw from the race.[3]

Kastor is a featured subject in the 2007 marathon documentary Spirit of the Marathon, which follows her victory at the 2005 Chicago Marathon.[4]

On March 21, 2010, Kastor competed in the first spring running of the NYC Half-Marathon. After running the majority of the race in first, on her way to breaking the course record, she dropped to second place to finish behind Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi.[5][6]

It was announced in August 2010 that Kastor and her husband were expecting their first child, Piper Bloom, in March 2011.[7] It was also announced that Deena will be making her return to racing at the New York Mini 10K.

In January 2012, Deena the American record holder ran 2:30:40 to place 6th at the Olympic Squad Houston Olympic Trials.[8][9]

In January 2013, Kastor announced she will be running in the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon, to be held on March 17, 2013 [10] where she finished third in 2:32:39.[11]

On August 10, 2013, Kastor placed 9th at the World Championship Marathon in Moscow with a time of 2:36. She stated that it may have been her last high-level marathon.

In April 2014, the 41-year-old Kastor won the 2014 More|Fitness Half-Marathon in New York’s Central Park in a U.S. masters record of 1:11:38. [12]

Awards and rankings[edit]

Kastor was selected as the top women's marathoner in the world in 2006 by Track and Field News magazine.

Among honors Kastor has received from the USATF are:

Personal life[edit]

Kastor is an alumna of Agoura High School located in Agoura Hills, California. She ran collegiately for the University of Arkansas.

She is married to Andrew Kastor. In August 2010, they announced that she was three months pregnant with their first child, Piper. As a result, she announced she would not be competing in the upcoming New York City Marathon. Her daughter was born in February, 2011.[17]

YearEventWorld rankUS rank
19935000 m9th
199710,000 m4th
19985000 m7th
19995000 m2nd
10,000 m1st
20005000 m4th
3000 m4th
10,000 m1st
20015000 m4th
3000 m3rd
Marathon1st
10,000 m1st
2002Marathon1st
5000 m4th
10,000 m1st
3,000 m7th
2006Marathon1st1st

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