Kathy Butler

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Kathy Butler
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Born (1973-10-22) 22 October 1973 (age 41)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Kathy Butler (born 22 October 1973) is a Scottish long-distance runner who competes in the 10,000 metres and marathon, as well as cross country running and road running .

Early life and professional career[edit]

Butler was born in Edinburgh of English parents and brought up in London until her parents emigrated to Ontario, Canada when she was 10.[1] 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.[2] In 2005 she inducted into the University of Guelph hall of fame.[3]

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.[4]

While in college she competed in the 5,000 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.[5]

In 1994 she suffered from Graves' disease, a disorder of the thyroid gland.[1]

In 2001, Butler finished 12th at the World Cross Country Championships (4 k race), won the European Cup 3000m [6] and also placed third in the 5,000 metres at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

In 2005 Butler had a great cross country season including a win at Venta de Baños Cross Country.[11] Later in the year she debuted in the marathon with 2:30:01 at the Chicago Marathon.[12]

She has a Maple Leaf tattooed on her ankle, with the five-ring Olympic insignia.[13]

Butler was coached by Peter Tegen and was an assistant coach at both Stanford University and University of Wisconsin.[4] Butler is now coached by former marathon world record holder Steve Jones.[14]

Butler lives in Nederland, Colorado[15] in the United States. Kathy is the track coach at Nederland High School.[16]

Competition record[edit]


1996 Atlanta Olympics

2004 Athens Olympics

Other events[edit]

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2001/jul/31/athletics.duncanmackay Butler's service a boon for Britain
  2. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/athletic-dept/hall-fame.html?search=butler#
  3. ^ http://gryphons.ca/hof.aspx?hof=62&path=&kiosk=
  4. ^ a b http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/tegen_peter00.html Peter Tegen Biography.
  5. ^ http://www.olympic.ca/en/athletes/kathy-butler/ Canadian Olympic Committee.
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1395710.stm Butler's best of British
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1524891.stm Goodwill glory for Yegorova
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=51 Butler Set For Return
  10. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/stan/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/08-ctrack-mediaguide-1-28.pdf Stanford Media guide
  11. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/4109809.stm Butler strikes gold in Spain
  12. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=b/athcode=70168/index.html IAAF Bio
  13. ^ 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 .
  14. ^ http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=4803 Q&A with Steve Jones tonight at Scotstoun.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ http://www.bvsd.org/newsletter/Pages/5-24-11.aspx On the Inside
  17. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4084622.stm Butler retains AAA 10,000m crown

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