Deena Kastor

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Deena Kastor
Deena Kastor at the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
Personal information
Born (1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 51)
Waltham, Massachusetts
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight104 lb (47 kg)
Country United States
Event(s)Marathon, 10,000 m
College teamArkansas Razorbacks
ClubASICS Mammoth Track Club
Coached byAndrew Kastor
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2000 Sydney
10,000 m, 18th (h)
2004 Athens
Marathon,  Bronze
2008 Beijing
Marathon, DNF
World finals1999 Seville
10,000 m, 11th
2001 Edmonton
10,000 m, 11th
2003 Paris
10,000 m, 12th
2007 Osaka
10,000 m, 5th
2013 Moscow
Marathon, 9th
Personal bests
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Marathon
World Cross Country Championships
Silver medal – second place 2002 Dublin Individual
Silver medal – second place 2002 Dublin Team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Lausanne Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Vilamoura Team
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Lausanne Team
World Marathon Majors
Gold medal – first place 2005 Chicago Marathon
Gold medal – first place 2006 London Marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2003 London Marathon

Deena Michelle Kastor (née Drossin; born February 14, 1973) is an American long-distance runner. She was a holder of American records in the marathon (2006-2022) and numerous road distances. She won the bronze medal in the women's marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She is also an eight-time national champion in cross country.

Early and personal life[edit]

Kastor is Jewish,[1] and was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is an alumna of Agoura High School located in Agoura Hills, California.[1] She ran collegiately for the University of Arkansas.[2]

She is married to Andrew Kastor. In August 2010, they announced that she was three months pregnant with their first child, Piper. As a result, she announced she would not compete in that year's New York City Marathon, held November 7. Her daughter was born in February 2011.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

In high school, Kastor won three California state cross country titles[4] and two CIF California State Meet titles at 3200 meters while running for Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California.[5] She also competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships all four years of her prep career, and competed in both the North American Youth Maccabi Games and the Pan-American Maccabiah while in high school.[6]

At the University of Arkansas she was a four-time SEC champion and an eight-time All-American. Post-collegiately, Kastor ran under coaches Joe Vigil and Terrence Mahon. Since 2015, she has been coached by her husband, Andrew Kastor, head of the Mammoth Track Club.

Kastor has earned two silver medals (2002 Dublin, long race; 2003 Lausanne, long race) in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

She holds U.S. records in the following events:

Kastor formerly held the following records:

In recent years, Kastor has shifted her focus toward the marathon distance. After winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Marathon, she won the 2005 Chicago Marathon. In 2006, she won the London Marathon, setting an American record until Keira D'Amato broke the record on 16 January 2022 (Houston Marathon) taking 24 second off (2:19:12).[8] She placed sixth at the 2006 New York City Marathon and fifth at the 2007 Boston Marathon. Kastor is a featured subject in the 2007 marathon documentary Spirit of the Marathon, which follows her victory at the 2005 Chicago Marathon.[9]


In April 2008, Kastor won the U.S. women's Olympic marathon trials in Boston, Massachusetts. She finished with an unofficial time of 2:29:35, after overtaking competitor Magdalena Lewy Boulet in mile 23. Kastor ran most of the race from behind, while Lewy Boulet built a commanding lead very early on, running alone for most of the marathon. With some 10 miles (16 km) to go, Kastor made a move to catch up to Lewy Boulet, stringing out the field. Lewy Boulet took second place in 2:30:19.

In August 2008, Kastor pulled out of the women's marathon at the Beijing Olympics with a foot injury. At about the 5-kilometer (3.1 mi) mark, she dropped to one knee, holding her right foot. She attempted to rise, but dropped back down again and was forced to withdraw from the race.[10]


On March 21, 2010, Kastor competed in the first spring running of the New York City Half Marathon. After running the majority of the race in first, on her way to breaking the course record, she dropped to second place to finish behind Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi.[11][12]

It was announced in August 2010 that Kastor and her husband were expecting their first child, Piper Bloom, in March 2011.[13] It was also announced that Deena would be making her return to racing at the New York Mini 10K.


In January 2012, Deena ran 2:30:40 to place 6th at the Olympic Squad Houston Olympic Trials.[14][15]


In January 2013, Kastor announced she would be running in the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon, to be held on March 17, 2013[16] where she finished third in 2:32:39.[17]

On August 10, 2013, Kastor placed 9th at the World Championship Marathon in Moscow with a time of 2:36. She stated that it may have been her last high-level marathon.


In April 2014, the 41-year-old Kastor won the 2014 More|Fitness Half-Marathon in New York's Central Park in a U.S. masters record of 1:11:38. [18]

On September 21, 2014, she set the world record in the Women's Masters division for the half-marathon, at 1:09:39, while running in the Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in Philadelphia.[19]


In October 2015, she broke the U.S. Women's Masters marathon record by almost a minute at the 2015 Chicago Marathon, running 2:27:47.[20]

Awards and rankings[edit]

Kastor was selected as the top women's marathoner in the world in 2006 by Track and Field News magazine.

Among the honors Kastor has received from the USATF are:

  • 2003 Jesse Owens Award as the top female track and field athlete in the US[21]
  • USATF Runner of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008[22]
  • C.C. Jackson Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004[23]
  • USATF Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and as a team member in 2002 when the US team finished second at the World Cross Country Championships 8 kilometer run[24]

She was inducted into the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on April 29, 2007.[6] In 2003 she was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[25]

Year Event World rank US rank
1993 5000 m 9th
1997 10,000 m 4th
1998 5000 m 7th
1999 5000 m 2nd
10,000 m 1st
2000 5000 m 4th
3000 m 4th
10,000 m 1st
2001 5000 m 4th
3000 m 3rd
Marathon 1st
10,000 m 1st
2002 Marathon 1st
5000 m 4th
10,000 m 1st
3,000 m 7th
2006 Marathon 1st 1st

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Drossin Gets Measure of Fame". Los Angeles Times. January 27, 2001.
  2. ^ "OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Deena Kastor". Arkansas Razorbacks. November 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Deena Kastor gives birth to a baby girl". Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "California State Meet Results – 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". April 29, 2007. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Statistics - Records". USATF. Archived from the original on June 28, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Keira D'Amato breaks American women's marathon record". January 16, 2022. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "Spirit of the Marathon". Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  10. ^ "American Kastor drops out of marathon". Associated Press. August 17, 2008. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
  11. ^ "Deena Kastor after her runner-up finish 2010 NYC Half Marathon | Videos & Athletes". March 21, 2010. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "USATF News". August 27, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  14. ^ "Deena Kastor Happy to back But Misses Olympic Squad Houston Olympic Trials 2012". flotrack.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Olympic Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor Turns Attention to the Track - RunWashington". Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  16. ^ [2] Archived February 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Duliba, Mose win in Los Angeles Marathon".
  18. ^ ""Kastor Sets U.S. Masters Half Marathon Record" By, Published Apr. 13, 2014".
  19. ^ "Record-breaking morning for Deena Kastor at 2014 Philly Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon".
  20. ^ Lorge, Sarah (October 11, 2015). "Deena Kastor Breaks U.S. Masters Record at Chicago Marathon | Runner's World". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  21. ^ "Jesse Owens Award". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  22. ^ "Runner of the Year". Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  23. ^ "CC Jackson Awards". Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  24. ^ "Cross Country Athlete of the Year". Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  25. ^ "Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home".

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