Tera Moody

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Tera Moody
Tera moody.jpg
Tera Moody at the 2009
U.S. Cross Country Championships
Personal information
Born (1980-12-18) 18 December 1980 (age 33)
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Country USA
Event(s) Marathon
College team Colorado Buffaloes
Club Marathon Performance
Coached by Brad Hudson
Achievements and titles
World finals 2009, Marathon, 28th
Personal best(s) Marathon: 2:30:53

Tera Moody (born December 18, 1980) is an American athlete, who competes in the marathon and other long distance running events. Moody represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships in the marathon.

In high school, Moody was a two-time Illinois champion in the mile for St. Charles East High School, near Chicago.[1] She went on to compete for the Colorado Buffaloes in both Cross Country and Track. She won the Big 12 title in the 10,000 meters as a freshman and ran on Colorado's NCAA champion cross-country team as a sophomore in 2000.[2]

After graduating from Colorado, Moody took a break from training seriously and became a personal trainer and real estate agent. She participated in the 2005 Chicago Marathon with a goal to break three hours. After finishing in 2:50:04, she again ran the marathon in 2006, improving by four minutes. In 2007, she qualified the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials by finishing in 2:46:40.[2]

Moody's breakthrough came at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Boston, where despite being seeded 152nd, she finished fifth with a time of 2:33:54. This was a twelve-minute improvement of her personal best.[3] Moody was one second behind fourth-place finisher Zoila Gomez.[2][4]

In 2009, Moody participated in a variety of races, finishing fourth at the 25 km U.S. championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also finished second at Chicago's Shamrock Shuffle, seventeenth at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, and fourteenth at the Boulder Boulder.[5][6][7]

At the 2009 World Championships in the marathon, Moody was a part of the United States marathon team. She finished 28th in a time of 2:36:39, and was the third American. Moody also ran the 2009 Chicago Marathon, which she finished with a then personal best of 2:32:59, for 9th place.[8]

Moody has had insomnia since sixth grade. In 2005 she was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and has tried many different treatments, including visiting the Mayo Clinic, sleeping pills, a mouth guard, and a device to regulate her breathing. She now takes melatonin, a natural supplement. Despite running more than a hundred miles a week, she still rarely sleeps more than a couple hours a night.[4][9][10]

Throughout her career, Moody has also dealt with depression, anemia, asthma, and anorexia nervosa. In her first semester of college, she dropped from 128 to 96 pounds.[1][2][11]

Moody returned to the racing at 2013 Houston Marathon after 18 months buildup following a knee injury[12] to finish 6th place in 2:39.10[13] and was the top American woman.[14]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 28th Marathon


  1. ^ a b Metzler, Brian (2009-08-23). "Leading Edge: Tera Moody". Running Times. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hersh, Philip (August 23, 2009). "Tera Moody overcomes eating disorder to compete for marathon world title". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  3. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (August 29, 2008). "A Brief Chat With Tera Moody". Runner's World. Retrieved 2009-08-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Graham, Pat (May 24, 2009). "Moody having dream year despite sleepless nights". Associated Press (USA Today). Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  5. ^ "Moody Second At Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago". Running USA Wire. Colorado Runner. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  6. ^ Schwab, Frank (May 25, 2009). "Pair of area runners enjoy experience at Bolder Boulder". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Cherry Blossom 2009 results". Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  8. ^ Pitts, Brian. "St. Charles High grad Moody finishes 9th". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  9. ^ Powell, Robert Andrew (September 2009). "TERA MOODY CAN'T SLEEP". Runner's World. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  10. ^ Moody, Tera (May 3, 2010). "Miles To Go". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-03
  11. ^ Hersh, Philip (August 24, 2009). "U.S. runners show physical toll of world championship marathon". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  12. ^ http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250017-2013-Houston-Marathon-Half-Marathon/video/679413-Tera-Moody-back-from-injury-and-went-in-to-compete
  13. ^ http://athlinks.com/result/209186/299522/135290136/135254226
  14. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/sports&id=8952273

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