Julie Brown (athlete)
|Full name||Julie Ann Brown|
February 4, 1955 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||108 lb (49 kg)|
|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|
Julie Ann Brown (born February 4, 1955) 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.
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. She broke the 10,000 metres world record setting a time of 35:00.4 minutes in 1975.
Brown was born in Billings, Montana, and competed in a variety of distance events winning several state championships while attending Billings Senior High School. 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. She also won two 440-yard run championships and in her senior year, she was state cross-country champion as well.
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. Julie Brown was also a member of the Alpha Psi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at UCLA.
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. She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead. 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.
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