Deena Kastor takes the win at the 2007 Cross Country Championships held in Boulder, CO

Deena Kastor takes the win at the 2007 Cross Country Championships held in Boulder, CO
Photo courtesy of hurleyjtn

Today we take a look back on the incredible career of 2007 USA Cross Country Champion Deena Kastor. A native of Waltham, MA, Kastor attended the University of Arkansas where she was 4 time SEC Champion and 8 time All-American. Post collegiately Kastor went on to train under legendary coach Joe Vigil, Terence Mahon and most recently her husband Andrew Kastor.

Putting together one of the most storied professional careers in women’s running. Deena currently holds US Records in the marathon, half marathon, 15K, road 8K, and road 5K. She is a 5 time USA Champion in the 10,000m on the track and 3 time USA Marathon Champion. She has also captured two World Marathon Major titles in 2005 at the Chicago Marathon and 2006 at the London Marathon.

She is a familiar face in Boulder as she has also won the BolderBoulder International Challenge three times and finished 3rd and 4th in past years.

Deena Kastor leads Team USA in the International Team Competition at the 2013 Bolder Boulder

Deena Kastor leads Team USA in the International Team Competition at the 2013 Bolder Boulder Photo: BoulderRunner

A 3 time Olympian, Kastor brought home the Bronze Medal in the women’s marathon in Athens. She also qualified for the 2000 Sydney (10K) and 2008 Beijing (marathon) Olympics.  Deena won the silver medal on two different occasions at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Dublin (2002) and in Lausanne (2007). 

After capturing the USA Cross Country title in 2007 in Boulder, Deena remarked “This was, hands down, the most amazing national championship I’ve been apart of.”

When asked about the return of the Championships to Boulder as she prepared to run the 2013 BolderBoulder she cited she is looking forward to returning.

“I would love to be back, I was so excited to see that XC was coming back to Boulder in 2014-15. 2007 was a great race for me, the Boulder organizing committee did just a superb job at putting this race together and hosting it, it really elevated the National Championships in the U.S. and across the board. So it’s great that its coming back here and I look forward to being part of it.”

She added, “I love cross country, that’s deep in my bones.”

“There is no purer sport than cross country. Running is the foundation of every sport and the embodiment of health and wellness.  Cross Country elevates that notion with embodying pure grit and strength.  I appreciate a good competition, but add the challenge of weather conditions and terrain to your race strategy, and it becomes so much more exhilarating.”

On what was it like to run in front of 10,000 fans in 2007:

“I remember being so impressed the day before the race, being at the course to review it and the volunteers had worked miracles getting the fresh snow removed and the circuit race-ready!  How that happened, I still don’t know.”

“The competition was strong and the fans were even greater. Boulder is a running town, but it is also an athletic town; it seems as though everyone showed up to either race or support the event.” 

And to those who are still shy about competing in the community race that afternoon:

“It will be an amazing morning to see the best distance runners in our country competing in your town!  You will be inspired as a spectator, and proud as a participant;  a weekend rarely gets better than that!”

Catch more Throwback Thursdays on the Boulder USA XC facebook page. Come out and be a part of history on February 15th. Register for the community 4k race at 1:15pm after the Men’s Championship race.