Julie Brown (athlete)

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Julie Brown
Personal information
Full name Julie Ann Brown
Nationality American
Born (1955-02-04) February 4, 1955 (age 62)
Billings, Montana
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 108 lb (49 kg)
Country USA
Sport Athletics
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 4, 1955)[2] is an American retired distance runner. She won the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 1975 and represented the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics in the women's marathon, placing 36th.[3]

Brown set the American women's marathon record at the Nike OTC Marathon in 1978, running 2:36:23.[4]

Brown concentrated on track and cross-country running prior to the Olympic trials but a victory in the Avon Women's 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 trials winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson.[5] She broke the 10,000 metres world record setting a time of 35:00.4 minutes in 1975.[6]

After her track career, Brown received her J.D. from Western State University and, joined a law firm as an attorney.[7]

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.[7] 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.[7] She also won two 440-yard run championships and in her senior year, she was state cross-country champion as well.[7]


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.[7] Julie Brown was also a member of the Alpha Psi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at UCLA.[citation needed]


Brown won an IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 1975; the first American woman to do so.[2][8] She won the race in a time of 13:42, five seconds ahead of Bronislawa Ludwichowska from Poland.[9]

At the 1979 Pan American Games, Brown won three silver medals,[10] taking second place in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters.[11][12][13]

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.[14] She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead.[15] 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 three 12-inch bronze figurines of a running pony-tailed girl 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.[5][16]

She entered the marathon at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics, but failed to finish the competition.[17]


  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, Malcolm (6 August 1984). "Marathon - Gonzales Fans' Olympic Trip Plan Backfires". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. p. 7B. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.nyrr.org/sites/default/files/World%20and%20U.S.%20Records.pdf
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 643. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Julie Ann Brown". MHSA.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "38th IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Facts & Figures Facts" (PDF). iaaf.org. International Association of Athletic Federations. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Green, Bob (4 September 1979). "Full U.S. Team Enters University Games". The Virgin Islands Daily. Retrieved 14 July 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "American Men Take Pan American Gold". Star-News. 14 July 1979. pp. 1–C. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  12. ^ McMane, Fred (8 July 1979). "Swimmingly - U.S. Still Dominating Pan Am Competition". Beaver County times. pp. C–2. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Robinson, James (10 July 1979). "Robinson Defeats Juantorena In 800". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. pp. B4. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Fachet, Robert (27 June 1984). "Olympic Trials Provide Emotional Wins, Losses". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 28. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403. 
  16. ^ Creamer, Robert W. (May 28, 1984). "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  17. ^ Women Marathon World Championship 1983 Helsinki (FIN) - Sunday 07.08 Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine.. Todor. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.

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