Julie Brown (athlete)

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Julie Brown
Personal information
Full name Julie Ann Brown
Nationality American
Born (1955-02-05) February 5, 1955 (age 60)
Billings, Montana
Height 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
Weight 108 pounds (49 kg)
Country USA
Sport Running
Event(s) 800m--2:00.8, 1500m--4:06.4, Mile--4:30.23, 3000m--8:58.27, 5000m--15:39.5, cross-country-(No time), marathon--2:26:24[1]

Julie Ann Brown (born February 5, 1955[2]) is a retired American distance runner. She won the World Cross Country Championship in 1975 and represented the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics in the women's marathon, placing 36.[3]

Brown concentrated on track and cross-country running prior to the Olympic trials but a victory in the Avon marathon in 1983 convinced her that she could qualify for the Olympic marathon team. She ran a conservative race staying in the pack until the midway point and broke away finishing second, 37 seconds behind the Olympic trial winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson.[4]

After her track career, Brown received her J.D. from Western State University and, joined a law firm as an attorney.[5]

High school[edit]

Brown was born in Billings, Montana,[2] and competed in a variety of distance events winning several state championships while attending Billings Senior High School.[5] She competed in the 880-yard run winning the state championship for three years in a row starting in 1970. She still holds the All-State record with an 880-yard time of 2:11.0.[5] She also won two 440-yard run championships and in her senior year, she was state cross-country champion as well.[5]


Brown started at the University of California, Los Angeles before switching to California State University, Northridge. As a college athlete she won Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national championships in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 3000 meters, and cross-country. She also won Amateur Athletic Union national titles in the 1500 meters, 3000 meters, cross-country, and marathon, as well as winning The Athletics Congress national titles in 3000 meters, cross-country, and marathon.[5]


Brown won a World Cross Country Championship in 1975; the first American woman to do so.[2][6] She won the race in a time of 13:42, five seconds ahead of Bronislawa Ludwichowska from Poland.[7]

At the 1979 Pan American Games, Brown won three silver medals,[8] taking second place in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters.[9][10][11]

Brown qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics in the 800 meters and 1500 meters but did not compete due to the boycott of the Olympics.[12] She did compete in the 1984 Olympics in the marathon placing 36th.

Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon, sculpted the 12-inch bronze figurines of a pony-tailed girl running that were given as trophies to Joan Benoit Samuelson, Julie Brown, and Julie Isphording, the top three women marathoners at the US Olympic trials in 1984.[4][13]


  1. ^ Bloom, Marc (2001). Run with the Champions. Rodale Inc. p. 171. ISBN 9781579542900. 
  2. ^ a b c "Julie Brown Biography and Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Moran, Malcom (6 August 1984). "Marathon - Gonzales Fans' Olympic Trip Plan Backfires". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. p. 7B. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Musca, Michael (April 2008). "Finally, One for the Girls: The '84 Women's Olympic Trials Marathon". Running Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Julie Ann Brown". MHSA.org. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Bloom, Marc (24 March 1990). "CROSS-COUNTRY; Running Up the Credentials". New York Times. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "38th IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Facts & Figures Facts". iaaf.org. International Association of Athletic Federations. Archived from the original on 20 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Green, Bob (4 September 1979). "Full U.S. Team Enters University Games". The Virgin Islands Daily. Retrieved 14 July 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "American Men Take Pan American Gold". Star-News. 14 July 1979. pp. 1–C. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  10. ^ McMane, Fred (8 July 1979). "Swimmingly - U.S. Still Dominating Pan Am Competition". Beaver County times. pp. C–2. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Robinson, James (10 July 1979). "Robinson Defeats Juantorena In 800". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. pp. B4. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Fachet, Robert (27 June 1984). "Olympic Trials Provide Emotional Wins, Losses". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 28. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Creamer, Robert W. (May 28, 1984). "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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