Deena Michelle Kastor is an American long distance female runner, and was born on 14th February 1973 in the US.
She attended Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California before moving on to the University of Arkansas. Kastor is married to Andrew Kastor, and she is currently pregnant with their first child which is due in May 2011. As a result, she did not compete in the 2010 New York Marathon.
Kastor is extremely successful among American runner and holds the American half marathon record, and the full marathon record. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she won bronze. Her other notable achievements include her being and 8 time national champion in cross country running.
Kastor began running in High School where she won three cross country races for the state of California, and she also won two CIF California state meets, which were both 3,200 metre races. Each of the four years in high school she also competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. When she joined University she won the SEC Championships four times, as well as being an 8 time All American. While Kastor was in college she was coached by Joe Vigil and Terence Mahon, who is currently the head of the Mammoth Lakes training group.
Kastor has run in the World Cross Country Championships several times, and has won the race twice. She has also broken American records including the Women’s Marathon at the London Marathon running a time of 2:19:36, the Women’s Half Marathon in Berlin with a time of 1:07:34, the Women’s Road 15 Kilometre Great River Run race in Jacksonville running in 47:15, the Women’s Road 8 Kilometre in Chicago with a time of 24:36 and the 5 Kilometre Carlsband 5000 Race finishing in just 14:54. At one point she also held the 10,000 metre record from Stanford in 2002 with a time of 30:50.
In more recent times Kastor has become more of a long distance marathon runner. In the 2004 Olympics she won a bronze medal in the marathon, and she then won the Chicago Marathon the following year. The American record was set by her at the London Marathon in 2006. In the same year she ran the New York City Marathon coming 6th, and then 5th in the Boston Marathon a year later.
Kastor ran the US Women’s Olympics trials in Boston in 2008, and she won. The time clocked was 2:29:35. She was mainly up against Lewy Boulet in Boston, but managed to push on past her in the last 16 kilometres. Boulet finished just less than a minute behind Kastor. Later that year Kastor was running in the Beijing Olympics, but had to stop during the race because she had injured her foot and was unable to run just 5 kilometres into the run.
A documentary was made about Kastor in 2007 called ‘Spirit of the Marathon’. The story was based on her win at the Chicago Marathon in 2005 showing her popularity and fame. At the Olympic Trials for the London Games last January, she finished sixth in a race in which the top three made the team.
- 2005 La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon – Champion
- 2004 Athens Olympics – Bronze
- USA 10,000m – Champion (2000,2001,2003,2004)
- World Cross Country – Silver (2002,2003)