The Info List - Kara Goucher

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KARA GOUCHER (born KARA GRGAS on July 9, 1978) is an American long-distance runner . She was the 10,000 meters silver medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
2007 World Championships in Athletics
and represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
2008 Beijing Olympics
and 2012 London Olympics
2012 London Olympics
. She made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third the following year at the Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon

She competed collegiately for the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
and was a three-time NCAA champion (twice in track and once in cross country ).


* 1 Personal life

* 2 Running career

* 2.1 College * 2.2 Professional

* 3 Achievements * 4 Personal records * 5 References * 6 External links


Goucher was born KARA GRGAS in Queens, New York. When she was four years old her family (mother Patty and sisters Kelly and Kendall) moved to Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
after her father was killed by a drunk driver on the Harlem River Drive . When her mother remarried, Kara took her stepfather's name, and was known as KARA WHEELER.

She ran in high school for Duluth East .

She lived in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
for 9 years with her husband, fellow American Olympian Adam Goucher . Kara gave birth to a boy, Colton (Colt) Mirko, on September 25, 2010.

In 2014, she moved back to Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
where she and Adam met as collegiate runners for the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
Boulder . Both Kara and Adam hold individual NCAA cross country titles from 2000 and 1998 respectively. Kara is back under the tutelage of her college coach Mark Wetmore and his assistant Heather Burroughs.

Kara chose to leave Nike, Inc.
Nike, Inc.
after 12 years and is now sponsored by multiple companies including Oiselle, Skechers
, Zensah, Nuun, Strava, and Soleus.

In 2017, Goucher appeared in a PETA video, encouraging runners to keep their dogs at home when it's too hot.



As a runner for the University of Colorado, Goucher broke out in 2000, becoming the NCAA Outdoor Champion in 3000 m and 5000 m, the NCAA Cross Country Champion, and also a 5000 m Olympic Trials Finalist (eighth). She graduated from the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
in 2001.


After college Goucher battled injuries for several years, but then came back strong in 2006. After finishing second in the 5K at the USATF
Outdoor Championships in 2006, she set PRs at all distances on the international circuit, running the World “A” Standard in the 1500 m, 5000 m, and 10000 m. She finished third in 3000 metres
3000 metres
at the 2006 IAAF World Cup in a new personal best time of 8:41.42. Her 3k time led the nation and her 10k time ranked her as the 2nd fastest American woman of all-time. At the 2007 IAAF
World Championships in Osaka, Japan she won the bronze medal in the women's 10,000 m event .

In September 2007, she won the Great North Run
Great North Run
in 1:06:57, the fastest woman's half-marathon time of the year, setting a new American best time at the distance and beating marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe
Paula Radcliffe
, on the latter's comeback from pregnancy and injury. The half-marathon was Goucher's first competitive race longer than 10k.

Goucher kicked off 2008 with a win in the prestigious Millrose Games mile with a personal record of 4:36:03. At the 2008 Prefontaine Classic track meet in Eugene , Oregon, USA, Goucher ran the 5000 m, the same race as the World Record attempt by Meseret Defar . Goucher ran well to place third behind Defar and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot
Vivian Cheruiyot
in her second fastest ever time of 14:58.10 minutes.

Goucher was a member of the Nike Oregon Project , a project designed to improve standards in American distance running. There she trained with fellow athletes Galen Rupp
Galen Rupp
, her husband Adam Goucher , Josh Rohatinsky , and Amy Yoder Begley .

Goucher raced in the USATF
Championships and Olympic Trials on June 27, 2008, in the 5000 m and the 10,000 m. The championships were held at Hayward Field , Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
. Goucher already had the Olympic A Standard, but achieved it again, recording 31:37.72 at 10,000 m, finishing second behind American record-holder Shalane Flanagan 's 31:34.81. In the 5000 m, Goucher won her semi final heat with a time of 15:32.32, and won the final race with a time of 15:01.02. Goucher competed in the Beijing
2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
10,000 m final where she placed tenth with a personal best time of 30:55.16, and the 5000 m where she placed ninth with a time of 15:49.39.

Goucher made her marathon debut at the New York City Marathon
on November 2, 2008. She finished in third place in a time of 2:25:53, becoming the first American on the podium since Anne Marie Lauck was third in 1994. Goucher was chosen as the 2008 Road Runner of the Year in the Open Female division by the Road Runners Club of America .

The next year, she won the 2009 Lisbon Half Marathon
, and placed third in the 2009 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
in a time of 2:32:25. She finished tenth in the marathon at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
2009 World Championships in Athletics
, with a time of 2:27:48.

Goucher became pregnant in early 2010 and took a season away from competition as a result. Following the birth of her child, Colt, she returned to competition at the Arizona Half Marathon
in January 2011, and finished as the runner-up behind Madaí Pérez . At the 2011 New York City Half Marathon
, she placed third with a time of 1:09:03 hours.

In April 2011, Goucher returned to marathoning at the 2011 Boston Marathon
, where she placed fifth with a time of 2:24:52 hours, setting a new personal best by a minute. She was runner-up to Shalane Flanagan over 10,000 m at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and later ran in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics , where she finished 13th overall. In December, she competed at the inaugural Miami Beach Half Marathon
and was again second behind Flanagan.

Goucher qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
by placing third at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials on January 14, 2012 in Houston, finishing with a time of 2:26:06. She came third at the New York Half Marathon
that March, running a time of 1:09:12 hours.

Goucher placed 11th in the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
with a time of 2:26.07.

She returned to the 2013 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
on April 15, placing 6th with a time of 2:28:11. The event would later be disrupted by a pair of consecutive explosions near the finish line, killing three spectators and injuring over 180 others. At the time of the explosions, she was resting in her hotel room with her family, the blasts close enough to shake the windows to their room.

Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
is one of 7 women living in the United States
United States
including Deena Kastor
Deena Kastor
, Kim Smith , Shalane Flanagan , Betsy Saina , Sally Kipyego and Molly Huddle to have run a 10 km race under 31 minutes. Only 71 women have ever run under 31 minutes.

Philadelphia Half Marathon
on September 21, 2014. She was sixth with a time of 1:11:39. Kara placed 14th (4th among American women) in the TCS New York City Marathon
on November 2, 2014 in 2:37:03.

Goucher finished 18th in the 2015 USATF
Championships with a time of 16:05.35.

On 13 February 2016, Kara placed fourth at the US Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing in 2:30:24, one minute behind Shalane Flanagan , on a warm day in Los Angeles.




2006 World Cup Athens
, Greece 3rd 3000 m 8:41.42

2007 World Championships Osaka
, Japan 2nd 10,000 m 32:02.05

2008 Olympic Games
Olympic Games
, China 9th 10,000 m 30:55.16

2008 New York City Marathon
New York, New York, USA 3rd Marathon 2:25:53

2009 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 3rd Marathon 2:32:25

2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 9th Marathon 2:27:48

2011 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 5th Marathon 2:24:52

2011 World Championships Daegu
, South Korea 13th 10,000m 32:29.58

2012 U.S Olympic Marathon
Trials Houston, Texas 3rd Marathon 2:26:06

2012 USA Half Marathon
Championships Duluth, Minnesota, USA 1st Half-marathon 1:09:46

2012 Olympic Games
Olympic Games
, United Kingdom 10th Marathon 2:26:07

2013 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 6th Marathon 2:28:11

2014 New York City Marathon
New York, New York, USA 14th Marathon 2:37:03

2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon
San Antonio, Texas, USA 1st Half-marathon 1:11:10

2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon
Trials Los Angeles, California, USA 4th Marathon 2:30:24


Goucher at the 2007 World Championships


1500 m 4:05.14 Rieti
August 27, 2006

One mile (indoor) 4:33.19 New York City January 30, 2009

2000 m 5:41.28 Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
June 7, 2009

3000 m 8:34.99 Rieti
September 9, 2007

Two Miles 9:41.32 Carson, CA
Carson, CA
May 20, 2007

5000 m 14:55.02 Berlin September 16, 2007

10,000 m 30:55.16 Beijing August 15, 2008

10 miles 53:16 Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN
October 5, 2008

Half marathon (downhill course) 1:06:57 Newcastle September 30, 2007

Half marathon 1:08:05 Chicago, Illinois August 2, 2009

Marathon 2:24:52 Boston, MA
Boston, MA
April 18, 2011


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Kara Goucher
Warns Against Running With Dogs in Warm Weather," KKCB, 23 August 2017. * ^ Under IAAF
rules the Great North Run
Great North Run
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– Events – 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field". Retrieved 2008-07-06. * ^ " Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
to Make Her Marathon
Debut at the ING New York City Marathon". Cool Running. September 10, 2008 * ^ IAAF, March 22, 2009: Lel and Goucher win in Lisbon Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Shea, Sarah Bowen (May 8, 2010). "A Friendship Built for Long Distance". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2010. * ^ Perez outruns Goucher at Phoenix Half Marathon. IAAF
(January 17, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-01-20. * ^ "Farah wins New York half-marathon". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2011. * ^ Flanagan, with sights on London
qualification, runs 1:09:58 in Miami Beach. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-16. * ^ AP (January 14, 2012). "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". CNN. Retrieved January 14, 2012. * ^ Kirui and Dado triumph in New York Half Marathon. IAAF
(March 18, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-03-25. * ^ Goucher leads the pack but finishes 11th in London
Olympics marathon * ^ 2013 Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
Results * ^ flotrack.org: Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
Recalls the Explosions at the Boston Marathon * ^ http://www.alltime-athletics.com/w_10kok.htm * ^ http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/kara-goucher-will-return-to-racing-at-philly-half-marathon * ^ Eggers, Kerry. "Doping scandal takes wind out of Goucher", "Portland Tribune", 2 July 2015. Retrieved on 3 July 2015. * ^ 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon/Results * ^ Interview with Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
on 09 October 2013 on behalf of AKL Communications * ^ "Medtronic TC 10 Mile", OnlineRaceResukts. October 5, 2008; "October 7: \'This Gives Me Confidence,\' Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
Says of USA 10-Mile Triumph". Runner's world October 7, 2008