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December 06, 2011

Christine Kennedy named USATF Masters Athlete of the Year!

Written by Kate Tenforde
Christine Kennedy traveled to the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. this week where she was honored as the 2011 Masters Athlete of the Year.

Christine has been truly dominant on the national racing scene.  In the past year, she won the following:
  • Age division at the Boston Marathon in 2:56:17 (a 12 minute margin of victory!)
  • Masters titles at the 5 km, 10 km, and 15 km
  • 5,000 meter track title at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships
  • Age division in the marathon at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships
“The committee really was very proud to name her athlete of the year in a unanimous decision,” said Don Lein, Chair of the Masters Long Distance Running Committee. “She is a phenomenal athlete. We were impressed with not only what she had done this year, but her record over the years has been outstanding."

Christine's many accomplishments have inspired all of us at Focus-N-Fly.  We look forward to seeing what is in store for 2012!
Last modified on December 06, 2011
Kate Tenforde

Kate Tenforde

2004 Olympian Kate O’Neill Tenforde joined the runcoach staff in April, 2010. Having grown up outside of Boston, her earliest running memory is traveling downtown every spring to watch the end of the Boston Marathon.

Kate competed for Yale University, where she was a seven-time All-American, ten-time Ivy League Champion, and was named NCAA Woman of the Year for Connecticut in 2003. During Kate’s senior year she was a three-time runner-up at the NCAA championships. She was also awarded Academic All-American honors three times and was a two-time Academic All-Ivy.

In the lead up to the 2004 Olympics, she dropped over a minute from her previous best in the 10,000 meters, with a time of 31:34 which eclipsed the Olympic A qualifying standard. She later cinched her spot on the Olympic roster by finishing third at the 2004 Olympic Trials and finished the year ranked third for American women at the distance.

In 2007, Kate made her marathon debut at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and finished 3rd. In 2010 she returned to competition after a long layoff due to injury and finished 7th at the Bay to Breakers and 14th at the Peachtree Road Race.

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