Elinor Purrier

Birthday: 02/20/95 Mile PR: 4:16.2 (road) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:02.34 - 2019
High School: Richford HS
Hometown: Montgomery, VT
College: University of New Hampshire '18
Current Residence: Boston, MA

Team: Team New Balance Boston

Elinor Purrier, a rising U.S. star, finished third in the 2019 USA 5000m Championship to qualify for her first Team USA berth at the World Championships in Doha, and in September at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, she was just nipped by winner Jenny Simpson, clocking a personal best 4:16.2. In February, Elinor also set her track Mile personal record of 4:24.88 at the New Balance Indoor GP in Boston.

In 2018, Purrier won the NCAA Indoor Mile, edging Colorado’s Dani Jones, 4:31.76 to 4:31.82. In February in Boston, she also recorded the fastest indoor Mile in the world for the year, clocking 4:26.55, #2 all-time in NCAA history (only Jenny Simpson is faster).

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire and turning pro, at the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships in late June, she finished sixth in the 1500 meters, running 4:09.30.

At the University of New Hampshire, Purrier was an 11-time All-American and studied nutrition.

FUN FACT: Elinor grew up on her family's Vermont dairy farm, milking 30 cows each morning at 5:30, before going to school.

News

Olympic hopeful Purrier talks running with local athletes

October 18, 2019

“She really shows you that no matter where you grow up you can achieve your dreams if you work for them."

By Ruthie Laroche, St. Albans Messenger

RICHFORD — Elle Purrier, fresh from competition at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, spoke to runners from MVU, Enosburg, Fairfax, and...

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As Elle Purrier Heads to Worlds, the Hay is in the Barn

September 10, 2019

“She’s not scared of doing hard work. There’s no drama with her, you know? She’s like, ‘What are we doing today?’ You tell her what we’re doing. And she just does it."

By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World

In the past three months, Elinor Purrier has set PRs in the 800, 1500, Mile and 5000...

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Veterans Simpson, Willis champions again at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on record-setting day

September 08, 2019

In thrilling finishes, Jenny Simpson breaks event record by clocking 4:16.1 to edge Elinor Purrier, while Willis wins in photo-finish over Chris O’Hare & Sam Prakel; event & world record 9,275 participants raced across the 24 heats at the world’s most iconic road Mile

From NYRR

NEW YORK –...

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Elinor Purrier Makes the Jump

July 19, 2019

It’s a lifestyle, so having all the factors come together to be able to stay in shape for a long time and stay healthy and do well is my ultimate goal.

By Johanna Gretschel, FloTrack.org

The most decorated athlete in University of New Hampshire history transitioned smoothly into the...

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Elinor Purrier, UNH’s most decorated athlete, begins her professional running career

July 03, 2018

“Now it’s a different atmosphere because it’s my job. I think that a lot of things are going to change as a professional runner..."

By Nick Stoico, Monitor staff

After graduating in May as the most decorated athlete in University of New Hampshire history, Elinor Purrier turned pro by signing...

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How a dairy farmer from Vermont became an NCAA Mile champ

April 03, 2018

UNH's Elinor Purrier says farming has taught her to be resilient. “It’s taught me life isn’t a piece of cake, it’s going to throw a thousand challenges at you at once.’’

By Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe Staff

MONTGOMERY, Vt. — After Elinor Purrier won the Mile in the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track &...

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Favorites Kerr, Purrier Win NCAA Indoor Mile Titles

March 11, 2018

New Mexico Lobo defends, while Purrier edges Jones at the tape for first national crown

By LetsRun.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas —  Redemption.

Look at the results of the Mile finals at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and you’ll see that New Mexico’s Josh Kerr and New...

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