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Deena Drossin-Kastor, a native of Waltham, Massachusetts took the Bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
In high school Deena won three California cross country state titles, two track state titles, and she made the finals of the Kinney (Foot Locker) national cross country championships four times.
Deena graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1996 as a 4-time SEC Champion and an 8-time All-American. As a post collegiate Deena experienced a great amount of success under distance coach Dr. Joe Vigil. Under Coach Vigil's tutelage Deena captured many American Records including: 30:50.32 for the 10k, 2:21:16 for the marathon, 1:07:53 for the half-marathon, 24:36 for the 8k on the road, 47:15 for the 15k on the road. Currently Deena Kastor lives in Mammoth Lakes, California and is training under Coach Terence Mahon.
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.
Kastor is a featured subject in the 2007 marathon documentary Spirit of the Marathon, which follows her victory at the 2005 Chicago Marathon.
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.
It was announced in August 2010 that Kastor and her husband were expecting their first child, Piper Bloom, in March 2011.
University of Arkansas
1500m 4:07.82 (2000)
3000m 8:42.59 (2000)
5000m 14:51.62 (2000)
10,000m 30:50.32 (2002)
Half Marathon 1:07.34 (2006)*
Marathon 2:19.36 (2006)*
USATF Runner of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008
2004 Olympic Bronze medalist
2003 Jesse Owens Award winner
2-time World Cross Country silver medalist ('02 & '03)
4-time USA 10,000m champion ('00, '01, '03, '04)
2001 U.S. marathon champion
4-time USA 15 km champ
6-time U.S. 8 km cross country champion
2000 4 km XC champion.