Christine Kennedy – Masters Runner, Marathoner

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Christine Kennedy – Masters Runner, Marathoner

Competitive Highlights

Based on age and achievement, Christine is one of the best female Masters runners in the world.

Christine has been using Trifuel and EPO-Boost for training and competing since October 2014. Since then she has set up two records early this season for 60 years old Women: The 10k Masters Female Record at 39:24 – (6:21 min. mile pace) and prior record 40:10.

Only woman 57 or older to break three hours for the marathon and she’s now done it four times since turning 57 (2:58:37 — Twin Cities Marathon 2012; 2:55:01 – Boston Marathon 2013; 2:56:04 – Chicago Marathon 2013; and 2:57:44 — Boston Marathon 2014).

A rare exception in Masters running, she was an international-caliber competitor in her 30s (2:35:05 for the marathon, Berlin 1989; Irish women’s cross-country champion, 1990; third in the British women’s cross-country championships, 1990), yet is running even better today, compared to her peer group, now that she’s about to turn 60!

In 2015, she’s expected to completely rewrite the women’s 60 and over record book at every distance from the 5K to the marathon.

Has an endless array of Masters achievements too numerous to completely list here, but they include the Jesse Owens USA Track & Field Masters Award, 2011 (for winning the 5000 on the track and the marathon on the road in the US Masters Championships that year); Overall Masters Long-Distance Road Runner of the Year, as selected by USA Track & Field, 2011, 2012 and 2013; five-time Boston Marathon finisher, winning the 55-59 division three times; and perhaps most remarkably, she’s posted the best age-graded score in every marathon she’s run since age-grading was instituted several years ago!

Member of the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame, she was inducted before an audience of 1000 people in St. Louis, Mo., in 2011.

Age-group winner all seven times she’s run the Double Road Race™, and the Double Victory Cup winner for best age-graded performance in six of those seven races, she finished far ahead of everyone else on the 2013 Women’s Leader Board for the Double Road Race™.

Co-owner of the Athletic Performance running shoe store in Los Gatos, CA, she’s a mentor to many women runners in the South Bay and is the founder of a beginners running group in that area.

Amazing runner, amazing record, amazing consistency and amazing range (5K to the marathon), this divorced mother of two grown daughters (both of whom live in England) serves as a shining example of what’s possible in running as you approach the so-called "golden years."

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