Amy Yoder Begley

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Amy Yoder Begley
Personal information
Born (1978-01-11) January 11, 1978 (age 37)
Topeka, Indiana, United States
Residence Portland, Oregon
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 116 lb (53 kg)
Country  United States
Event(s) 3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m
College team Arkansas Razorbacks
Club Nike Oregon Track Club
Coached by Andrew Begley
Achievements and titles
World finals 2009 10000 m, 6th
Olympic finals 2008 10000 m, 26th
Personal best(s)

3000 m: 8:53.27
5000 m: 14:56.72

10000 m: 31:13.78

Amy Yoder Begley (née Yoder; born January 11, 1978 in Topeka, Indiana)[1][2] is an American middle and long distance runner and a US Olympian in the 10,000 meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yoder Begley currently lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband Andrew Begley (a teacher at Beaverton's School of Science and Technology).

High school career[edit]

Yoder Begley attended East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. She was a four-time state champion (one cross country and three 3200 meter titles) and held the 3200 meter state record until 2011 when it was broken by Culver Academy's Waverly Neer.[3]

Collegiate career[edit]

Yoder Begley graduated from the University of Arkansas and was a two-time NCAA champion and a 15-time All-American.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Yoder Begley is a Nike Oregon Project athlete. The Nike Oregon Project is a designed to improve performance standards in American distance running. She trains with fellow athletes Galen Rupp, Kara Goucher, Adam Goucher, and Josh Rohatinsky under the training of coach Alberto Salazar.

Yoder Begley placed 3rd in the 2008 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon setting a new personal record of 31:43.60 and qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[5] She placed 26th in the finals of the 10,000 meters at the Olympics.[6]

Yoder Begley finished first in the 10,000 meter event at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championship on June 25, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.[7] This qualified Yoder Begley to compete in the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin. She set a new personal record and finished in sixth place with a time of 31:13.78.[8]

In 2006, she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.[9]


  • 15-Time NCAA All-American in Cross Country and Track
  • 2-Time NCAA National Champion in Track
  • 2000 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2001 Avon National 10k Champion
  • 2002 United States Team Member - Beijing Ekiden
  • 2002 RRCA Road Scholar Grant Recipient
  • 2002 Avon Global Championships Runner-up
  • 2004 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2004 USATF 10k Road National Champion
  • 2008 US Olympic Team, 10k
  • 2009 USATF Indoor 3k champion
  • 2009 USA 15k Championship - 1st Place[11]
  • 2009 USA Track and Field Championship 10k, 1st place. Set personal and track record with a time of 31:22.69
  • 2009 World Championships in Athletics 10k, 6th place.

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