22 October 1973 |
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Early life and professional career
Butler was born in Edinburgh of English parents and brought up in London until her parents emigrated to Ontario, Canada when she was 10. She attended the University of Guelph, Canada before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, USA. In 2004 she was inducted into the University of Wisconsin hall of fame. In 2005 she inducted into the University of Guelph hall of fame.
As a member of the cross country and track teams at the University of Wisconsin, Butler was a five-time NCAA Champion and a 13-time All-American whilst being coached by Peter Tegen. In the 1995-96 season, Butler received the Honda Sports Award, given to the top women in collegiate athletics.
In 2001, Butler finished 12th at the World Cross Country Championships (4 k race), won the European Cup 3000m  and also placed third in the 5,000 metres at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
During the IAAF World Championships Olga Yegorova, who had shown positive for the blood-boosting agent erythropoietin in tests conducted by a Paris lab.. escaped suspension because procedures were improperly observed, her presence at the World Championships kept Butler out of the World Championship final.
In 2002 Butler missed out on competing for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games after she was diagnosed with the pelvic condition, osteitis pubis. The Edinburgh-born runner was on crutches for months, unnable to do anything too strenuous.
In 2004 she finished 11th at the World Cross Country Championships (8 km race) in Brussels, winning a bronze medal with the British team. Later that year at the Olympic Games in Athens, Butler achieved a remarkable 12th place finish in the 10,000 metres with a time of 31:41.13.
She has a Maple Leaf tattooed on her ankle, with the five-ring Olympic insignia.
- 10,000 m: 12th. 31:40
- 2005 British World Trials - First place (10000) 31:45 
- 2004 British Olympic Trials - First place (10000 m) 31:36
- 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 4th Place (4k)
- 1997 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship - First place (3000m)
- 1996 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship - First place (3000m)
- 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship - First place (3000m)
- 1995 NCAA Cross Country Championship - First place
- 1500 metres - 4:08.17 min (1997)
- 3000 metres - 8.40.97 min (2001)
- 5000 metres - 15:05.51 min (2004)
- 10,000 metres - 31:36.90 min (2004)
- Half marathon - 71:05 min (2006)
- Marathon - 2:28:39 min (2006)
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2001/jul/31/athletics.duncanmackay Butler's service a boon for Britain
- http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/tegen_peter00.html Peter Tegen Biography.
- http://www.olympic.ca/en/athletes/kathy-butler/ Canadian Olympic Committee.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1395710.stm Butler's best of British
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1524891.stm Goodwill glory for Yegorova
- http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/bad-blood-keeps-butler-on-her-toes-doug-gillon-explains-why-one-of-scotland-s-top-athletes-is-wearing-a-red-ribbon-on-her-vest-1.165221 Bad blood keeps Butler on her toes Doug Gillon explains why one of Scotland's top athletes is wearing a red ribbon on her vest
- http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=51 Butler Set For Return
- http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/stan/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/08-ctrack-mediaguide-1-28.pdf Stanford Media guide
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/4109809.stm Butler strikes gold in Spain
- http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=b/athcode=70168/index.html IAAF Bio
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/3007814/Butler-shows-pedigree-with-very-un-British-win.html Butler shows pedigree with very un-British win .
- http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=4803 Q&A with Steve Jones tonight at Scotstoun.
- http://www.fitnessgoop.com/2011/05/olympic-runner-kathy-butler-sets-her-sights-on-london-2012/ Olympic Runner Kathy Butler Sets Her Sights on London 2012.
- http://www.bvsd.org/newsletter/Pages/5-24-11.aspx On the Inside
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4084622.stm Butler retains AAA 10,000m crown