Kara Goucher is an American long-distance runner. She was the 10,000 meters silver medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third the following year at the Boston Marathon.
She competed collegiately for the University of Colorado and was a three-time NCAA champion (twice in track and once in cross country).
After finishing second in the 5K at the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2006, Kara Goucher set PRs at all distances on the international circuit, running the World “A” Standard in the 1500 m, 5000 m, and 10000 m. She finished third in 3000 meters at the 2006 IAAF World Cup in a new personal best time of 8:41.42. Her 3k time led the nation and her 10k time ranked her as the 2nd fastest American woman of all-time. At the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan she won the bronze medal in the women’s 10,000 m event.
In September 2007, she won the Great North Run in 1:06:57, the fastest woman’s half-marathon time of the year, setting a new American best time at the distance and beating marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe, on the latter’s comeback from pregnancy and injury. The half-marathon was Kara Goucher’s first competitive race longer than 10k.
Kara Goucher qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by placing third at the US Olympic marathon trials on January 14, 2012 in Houston, finishing with a time of 2:26:06. She came third at the New York Half Marathon that March, running a time of 1:09:12 hours.
Kara Goucher placed 11th in the 2012 Summer Olympics with a time of 2:26.07.