One of the most acclaimed and celebrated female athletes in the Buff’s prestigious athletic history, runner Kara (Wheeler) Goucher (BS ‘01) continues to distinguish herself in the sport she loves.
Just seven months after giving birth last September, Goucher ran a personal best for fifth place in the Boston Marathon in April 2011. She finished the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds, a little more than two minutes behind the winning time.
Goucher is the World Championship bronze medalist for the 10K and a top U.S. marathoner, and is a member of the Nike Oregon Project for improving standards for distance running. This spring she released her first book, titled Kara Goucher’s Running for Women, which details her effort to stay fit throughout her 2010 pregnancy.
During her time as a Buffalo, Goucher became the only two-time winner of the school’s Female Athlete-of-the-Year award, for both her 1999-2000 and 2000-01 campaigns, also earning CU-Boulder’s Female Career Athletic Achievement Award in 2001.
A seven-time All-American (twice in cross country, five times in track) and an eight-time All-Big 12 Conference performer (three in cross country, five in track), Goucher was a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 team and was named an Academic All-American her senior year in 2000, along with NCAA championships in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. She was the first American woman to win a medal (bronze) in the women’s 10,000-meter run at the IAAF World Championships in Japan in 2007. Goucher competed in the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics placing 10th in the 10,000 meter final and placing ninth in the 5,000 meter.
“I love running and the way it clears my head,” Goucher has said. “It’s such a plain thing to do; you just go.”