Events: Distance
Height: 5-4
Weight: 104
PRs: 3,000m - 8:42.59 (2000); 5,000m - 14:51.62 (2000); 10,000m - 30:50.32AR (2002); Marathon - 2:19:36AR (2006)
Born: 1973, in Waltham, Mass.
Current Residence: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
High School: Agoura (Calif.) ‘91
College: Arkansas ‘96
Coach: Terence Mahon
Agent: Ray Flynn
Club: Asics

Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist; 2003 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2-time World Cross Country silver medalist ('02, ‘03); 5-time USA 10,000m champion (‘00, '01, '03, '04, ‘07); 2001 U.S. marathon champion; 5-time USA 15 km champ; 7-time U.S. 8 km cross country champion; 8-time NCAA All-American

Kastor won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon in two hours 29 minutes 35 seconds. After trailing eventual runner-up Magdalena Lewy Boulet by nearly two minutes at the half-way point, Kastor's strong surge over the second half of the race propelled her to the win...At the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships, Kastor picked up her fifth 10,000m title, leading wire to wire... became the first American woman to run under 2 hours 20 minutes, winning the 2006 Flora London Marathon in 2:19:36, which smashed her own American Record of 2:21:16, set in London in 2003. Her winning time made her the fourth fastest woman ever in the marathon...broke her own American Record at the Berlin Half Marathon, crossing the finish line in 1:07:34, bettering her previous record by 19 seconds. She also set new American records in the 12 km (38:24), 10 mile (51:31), and the 20 km (1:04:07) on the way to her runner-up finish in Berlin....Despite the records, Kastor said she was disappointed with 2006 and is looking for better things in 2007...Kastor didn't let up after winning the marathon bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. She enjoyed a tremendously successful, and record-setting, 2005: Running the second fastest women's 8 km in U.S. history, Deena Kastor dominated the women's field winning the 2005 U.S. 8k Championship in 25:05. One week later she broke the American record on the roads in the 8 km with her time of 24:36 at the LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle... although injury held her back at the USA Outdoor Track Championships, she finished off the year in style, breaking the American record in the half marathon at the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run on Sept. 19 (1:07:53), surpassing Joan Samuelson's mark of 1:08:34 set at the same race in 1984. She then just missed her own American record in winning the Chicago Marathon (2:21:25). It was the first time an American won a major marathon since Kristy Johnson won Chicago in 1994.  ... Kastor executed a near perfect race to earn an Olympic bronze medal in the women's marathon...the temperatures were in the mid-80s with 50% humidity...Kastor's bronze medal was the first U.S. medal in the Olympic Marathon since Joan Benoit's 1984 gold medal victory at the inaugural women's Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles and the first Olympic distance medal for the U.S. since Lynn Jennings' 1992 bronze medal in the 10,000 meters in Barcelona...2003 also was a big year for the former Deena Drossin, including a marriage and name change to Deena Kastor...she continued her dominance by setting an American record of 2:21:16 at the Flora London Marathon, bettering the 2:21:21 set by Benoit-Samuelson in winning the 1985 Chicago Marathon...earlier in 2003, she won her sixth USA Cross Country 8 km national title, and won the silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive year...on March 8, 2003, Kastor also won her fourth consecutive U.S. 15 km road race title in 47:15, bettering her own American record of 48:12 set at the 2002 Championships...Kastor concluded the year winning the 2003 Jesse Owens Award as USA Track & Field's most outstanding 2002 she enjoyed one of the finest years ever for an American long distance runner...she set a world best road time at the Carlsbad 5000, won her fifth U.S. 8 km cross country title, placed second at the World Cross Country Championships to lead Team USA to the team silver medal, and set the American record in the 10,000 meters...Kastor's marathon debut at the New York City Marathon on November 4, 2001 made her the fourth-fastest American in history with her time of 2:26:58...the time placed her seventh overall and was the fastest debut marathon ever run by an American...suffered an achilles injury just weeks before the 2000 Olympics, taking 10 days completely off from running and then was unable to do proper speedwork...her Olympic performance suffered as a result...part of Team USA California training group...set U.S. women's 10,000m record of 30:50.32 at Stanford on May 3, a high schooler, Kastor won two California state titles in track and three in cross country while making the finals of the Kinney (now Foot Locker) national cross country championships four times...she got her degree in English/creative writing and journalism at Arkansas during an undergrad running career that saw her win seven Southeastern Conference titles...despite her success, in 1995 and '96 she says she lost her love of running. ‘I resolved to move to Colorado after graduation to see if I could find it again'...favorite pastimes include hiking in the mountains, reading, and writing poetry and short fiction...trains more than 100 miles a week and runs with her dog, Aspen, a chocolate lab...says that cross country is her true passion...inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001...named USATF's Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2002...married Andrew Kastor, who also is her physical therapist, on Sept. 14, 2003...official website is

Competition Results:
2008: Olympic Trials champion (2:29:35)
2007: USA Outdoor 10,000m champion (31:57.00)... 6th at World Outdoors (32:24.58)...USA XC champion (26:47)...USA 15km champion (47:20)...7th in 3,000m at Monaco (8:44.45)...4th in 3,000m at London (8:50.90)...1st in 5,000m at Stockholm (14:52.21)...5th at Boston Marathon (2:35:09)...ranked #6 in the world (#2 U.S.) at 10,000m, #1 in the U.S. at the marathon and #3 in the U.S. at 5,000m by T&FN...bests of 31:57.00, 2:35:09 and 14:52.21.
2006: Flora London Marathon champion (2:19:36AR)...2nd at Berlin Half-Marathon (1:07:34)...6th at NYC Marathon (2:27:54)...4th in 3,000m at Lucerne (8:56.35)...ranked #1 in the world (#1 U.S.) in the marathon by T& of 2:19:36.
2005: 1st at Chicago marathon (2:21:25)... 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (31:45.08)...U.S 8k Champion (25:05)... 1st at 8K LaSalle (24:36AR)...1st at Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run ½ marathon (67:53 AR)...ranked #1 in the U.S. in the marathon...bests of 24:36 (8k), 31:45.08 (10,000m), and 2:21:25 (marathon).
2004: Olympic marathon bronze medalist (2:27:20)...Olympic Trials Marathon runner-up (2:29:38)...Olympic Trials 10 km champion (31:09.65 meet record)...ranked #3 at the marathon in the world (#1U.S.) and (#1 U.S.) at the 10,000m by T&FN...bests of 2:29:38, 31:09.65.