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November 29, 2011

Julia Stamps Mallon

Written by Dena Evans
Julia-Stamps-Small-MGJulia Stamps Mallon burst onto the running scene as a young teenager at Santa Rosa High School, winning the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships in 1994 and quickly emerging on the scene as one of the nation's top high school milers and two milers.  A six-time NCAA All-American, Mallon's collegiate career was unfortunately cut short by injury.  Upon relocating to New York to begin a career in the financial sector, she took up running again with the New York Athletic Club, winning the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge World Championships in 2003 while at Bear Stearns.  After trying the marathon a year or two later, she qualified for the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, had two children, and just recently qualified for the 2012 Trials with a triumphant run at the Santa Rosa Marathon. 

FNF recently caught up with Mallon as she traveled with family over Thanksgiving break....

1.  You have recently qualified for your second Olympic Marathon Trials at your hometown race, the Santa Rosa Marathon.  How was the experience of getting to run, win, and qualify at home?

It was an awesome experience.  I have always loved Santa Rosa.  We just moved back and it meant a lot. I had a lot of support; it was an easy and flawless start. No long lines in the bathroom.  We ran through a new area of Santa Rosa that I actually didn't even know about.  You can't beat waking up in your own home on race day.

2.  Running has been a part of your life as a high school star, a college All-American, a young grad working hard in New York City, and now a mom of two.  How has your perspective changed on running through all those stages of life...or has it?

It has changed a lot.  In high school it was all new and I was very focused.  I had the 100 percent support of my parents so didn't have to worry about all the outside stuff.   College was fun and I had a good time. My perspective was to hopefully run after college, but with my accident that no longer became an option.  It forced me to look for a new area of focus, so I headed to New York.  In New York it became a luxury to run if I wasn't so tired from work.  Running was basically an outlet - a chance to run super early in Central Park when it was so quiet and relaxing-  my favorite part of day.  Now I have come full circle to have my own family, and I hope my focus is more on sharing the love with my kids and also have it be part of their lives.  I want to have them love it and I can't wait to do a 5 mile run with them.  The other day my almost three year old ran 2 miles.  It was awesome.  I tried to get her to stop but she wanted to run all the way home.

3.  You have had the chance to run and race in a lot of interesting places and races.  What are some of your most memorable experiences?

Cuba!!!!  [Julia represented the United States in the 3000 meters at the 1997 Junior Pan-American Games in Cuba]  After living in Miami for three years I now realize how amazing it was to be there.  I met so many friends who haven't gone back. Or really can't.  It was as if you stepped back in time.

4.  What originally got you started running when you were younger?

I always loved it!  I used to sneak out and try to run with my dad early in the morning.  I actually used to play soccer, but they told me I should run since I was a great runner and not so great of a soccer player.

5.  Who have been influential or inspirational individuals in your life as it relates to running?

I never had a role model. I just wanted to get faster and challenge myself.  It was that competitive spirit.

6.  What are your goals for the upcoming year as well as long-term?

I love running.  It would be great to break 2:40 in the marathon, then break 2:35, then 2:30.  I have to take it one race at a time.

7.  What inspired you to make the jump to marathoning as an adult?

It was a lot easier to run longer than get faster. I also got hooked!

8.  What piece of advice would you give to our recreational athletes who are gearing up for an important goal marathon?

To love the long runs.   Then, in the race break it up.  You have the first 10k, then a half marathon then another 10k for the final 6 miles.  When you think about it that way it isn't overwhelming.
Last modified on December 01, 2011
Dena Evans

Dena Evans

Dena Evans joined runcoach in July, 2008 and has a wide range of experience working with athletes of all stripes- from youth to veteran division competitors, novice to international caliber athletes.

From 1999-2005, she served on the Stanford Track & Field/ Cross Country staff. Dena earned NCAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2003 as Stanford won the NCAA Division I Championship. She was named Pac-10 Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003-04, and West Regional Coach of the Year in 2004.

From 2006-08, she worked with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, helping to expand the after school fitness programs for elementary school aged girls to Mountain View, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City. She has also served both the Stanford Center on Ethics and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession as a program coordinator.

Dena graduated from Stanford in 1996.

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