Mark Curp (born January 5, 1959 in Lee's Summit, Missouri) held the world record for the half marathon from 1985 until 1990. He continued holding the American record in the half marathon until a new record was set by Ryan Hall in 2007.
Curp broke the men's world record in the half marathon on September 15, 1985, clocking 1:00:55 at the Philadelphia Distance Run in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at an overall pace just under 4:39 per mile for the official 13.1094-mile distance. According to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, "in 1987 and 1988, Runner’s World magazine ranked him the number one road racer in the world." (Curp's best time in a marathon came at the 1987 Twin Cities Marathon, when he finished third with a time of 2:11:45.)
Curp's time of 1:00:55 stood as the American record until January 14, 2007, when Ryan Hall broke the record at the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon in Houston, Texas.
- All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
|Representing the United States|
|1995||Grandma's Marathon||Duluth, United States||1st||2:15:23|
|Men's Half Marathon World Record Holder
1985-09-15 – 1990-09-16
|Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
- "World Record Belongs to UCM Grad".
- "Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee".
- "World Marathon Rankings for 1987".
- "World Best Progressions- Road". ARRS.
- "USA Record Progressions- Road".
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