Jenny Simpson

Birthday: 08/23/86 Mile PR: 4:16.1 (road) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:57.22 - 2014
High School: Oviedo HS '05
Hometown: Oviedo, FL
College: University of Colorado '09
Current Residence: Marshall, CO

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Jenny Simpson finished 18th at the 2024 Boston Marathon, running 2:31:39 in her first completed 26.2 mile race.

At the 2023 Aramco Half Marathon, debuted in 1:10:35, finishing 9th, and qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando (where she DNFed).

In 2022, was one of 30 inductees into the inaugural class of USTFCCCA’s Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame, and in the fall, signed with Puma.

She finished 10th in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters, running 4:07.76,

In 2020, Simpson won the Camel City Elite 3000 meters in 8:51.49, a flat-track indoor "world record". The next week, she recorded a 14:58.67 for 5000m indoors (#3 U.S. all-time).

The 2019 USA 1500m runner-up won the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile for the record 8th time and 7th consecutive time, clocking an event record 4:16.1, and just edging U.S. rising star Elinor Purrier. In arguably the greatest women's 1500m ever, Simpson finished 8th, clocking 3:58.42 at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

In 2018, the 3-time Olympian opened her outdoor racing season with an American 2 Mile outdoor and absolute record, clocking 9:16.78 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. In July at the Müller Anniversary Games Mile: Diamond League London meet, she finished 4th in 4:17.30, a track PR (#2 U.S. all-time outdoors and #3 overall at the time). Like the past 5 years, Jenny closed her season at the 5th Avenue Mile and for a record 6th consecutive year (7th overall), she claimed victory, in 2018, clocking 4:18.8.

At the 2017 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Simpson won her fourth straight national 1500m title, recording 4:06.33 to earn another medal shot at the World Championships. In July at the Müller Anniversary Games, Simpson finished 5th in the Mile, clocking 4:19.98 to become the second fastest American woman outdoors for the iconic distance.

At the 2017 World Championships in London, she won a 1500m silver medal with an incredible closing finish, clocking 4:02.76; her third medal at the Worlds (also, Daegu 2011 gold and Moscow 2013 silver) -- jammin' Jenny!

Simpson ended her stellar 2017 season with another 5th Avenue Mile title, an event record 6th overall (5th consecutive) with an event record tying 4:16.6.

With a seasoned flourish, Jenny won the 1500 meter bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, the first Olympic medal by a U.S. woman in the event, breaking the beam in 4:10.53 to make history. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Jenny took the 1500m title in 4:04.74 to earn her third Team USA Olympic berth. Simpson capped her 2016 racing season by winning her event record 5th New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, edging Laura Muir of Great Britain, 4:18.3 to 4:18.5.

In 2015, she defended her USA 1500 title (4:14.86) in Eugene, and in September, she set a then track Mile personal record of 4:22.18 in Brussels, and two days later, Simpson secured a women's event record fourth NYRR 5th Avenue Mile title, edging rival Shannon Rowbury, 4:29.0 to 4:29.3.

At the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Simpson won her first outdoor metric Mile national crown, breaking the beam in 4:04.96, and later in the summer of 2014, the world's top Miler won the Diamond League title for her discipline. Jenny ended her stellar 2014 season by defending her NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile crown, edging fellow American Brenda Martinez, 4:19.4 to 4:19.6; it was her third FAM title. In addition, Track & Field News selected Jenny as the 2014 U.S. Women's Athlete-of-the-Year and ranked her #1 in the world for the 1500m / Mile.

The 2008 & 2012 U.S. Olympian was the 2013 IAAF World Championship 1500m silver medalist (4:02.99), and later in 2013, she won the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, clocking 4:19.3. In 2012 she took third in the 1500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials to punch her ticket to London. At the 2012 USA Indoor Championships, Simpson won 1500 and 3000m titles (defended).

Simpson was the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, capping off a year in which she took home titles in the Mile and 3000 meters at the USA Indoor Championships, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 1500 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships. 

In 2009 she broke the U.S. and North American record in the 3000m Steeplechase (9:12.50, later broken by Emma Coburn in 2014), finishing 4th at the IAAF World Championships and also became one of four American women to run under 4 minutes in the 1500 meters (3:59.90) at that time. That same year, in her final season at the University of Colorado, she broke five NCAA Division I records (1500m, 3000m SC, 5000m outdoors & 3000m, 5000m indoors) and also set, the since broke by Katelyn Tuohy in 2023, NCAA indoor (and absolute) Mile record (4:25.91, her indoor track PR).

FUN FACT: Growing up, Jenny competed in equestrian from western pleasure to show jumping to dressage.

FUN FACT II: In 2018, Oviedo High School named its track in honor of its accomplished alumna.


Jenny Simpson is Back on Her Starting Line

January 28, 2024

By Barbara Huebner

When Jenny Barringer was a third grader, she moved to Florida over Thanksgiving break, well after the semester had begun at Partin Elementary School. As a way for her to make friends, a physical education teacher suggested she join an after-school running program, where the...

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Jenny Simpson Plans to Run the 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials

August 01, 2023

"I want to spend the last few years of my career doing longer road races.”

By Chris Chavez,

Jenny Simpson says she is planning to run the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando on Feb. 3, 2024. In an interview with Track Shack, she subtly noted she’ll make her marathon...

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Jenny Simpson, most decorated U.S. Miler, shifts focus with new Puma sponsorship

October 06, 2022

“My intention is to turn my focus to the roads... I’m going to let the races, training and coaching guide the next steps as they come."

By Nick Zaccardi, NBC Sports

Jenny Simpson, the most decorated U.S. female Miler in history, plans to return to racing on Sunday with a new shoe sponsor,...

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Jenny Simpson to be Inducted Into Pac-12 Hall of Honor

March 09, 2022

Inaugural Bowerman Award winner, 4-time NCAA champion, 2011 World Champion, 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist and more

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 Conference has announced the 2022 class to be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the Conference's most prestigious recognition of the greatest on...

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Jenny Simpson Talks About Fleeing Wildfire, Helping Her Community Rebuild

March 04, 2022

"I’m again drawn to what is bigger than myself, whether that’s wearing a Team USA uniform at the Olympic Games or being part of a long and significant Colorado legacy, I feel really privileged that I get to be a part of something bigger than me."

By Erin Strout, Women's Running

On December...

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Jenny Simpson’s Advice for Embracing a New Running Challenge

September 16, 2021

“If you’re trying something new, take advantage of being a total novice and really enjoy being the person with no pressure and only everything to learn.”

By Cindy Kuzma, Runner's World

For nearly a decade and a half, the story of women’s 1500 meter running in the United States has had a...

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The legacy of Jenny Simpson

July 01, 2021

“I have a million and one reasons to be grateful to Jenny Simpson.”

By Erin Strout,

The last time Jenny Simpson watched the Olympics on television, it was 2004. Deena Kastor won a bronze medal in the Marathon and Simpson was a 17-year-old high school kid in Florida, unaware...

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Jenny Simpson Still Going Strong… But in Which Event?

April 23, 2021

“But the 1500 has my number and that’s what I’m trained for and excited about. I’m qualified in the 5K and the 15 for the Trials. So I’ll keep my options open and be watching how the training goes."

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

“It has been the longest stretch of my career, probably...

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Jenny Simpson reveals the rewards ahead for new runners

February 01, 2021

One of her proudest achievements is that ability to reset quickly – not from a bad day, but from a career highlight.

By Ed Knowles,

Jenny Simpson is a professional Mile / 1500 meter runner from the USA who is looking to go to her fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Her long...

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Dog Days for Jenny Simpson

May 21, 2020

“I go into every season and every championship as if it was a new beginning. I don’t drag in baggage from the past as I also don’t prop myself up with accomplishments of old. Each year is its own mountain to climb."

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

With what would have been a high-gear...

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Jim Ryun selected Greatest U.S. Distance Runner by LetsRun voters

April 29, 2020

Mile legend scored a convincing victory in the tournament final, garnering 62.1% of the vote to Deena Kastor’s 37.9%; selection pool of 66 U.S. athletes


He has broken world records.

He has won an Olympic medal.

He has appeared on seven Sports Illustrated covers, a record...

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Jenny Simpson on 2020 Resolutions & Goals

January 05, 2020

“You eat three times a day and you sleep every single night, so I think if you can get those two things really, really right it can have a greater impact just because of the frequency of how often you engage in those activities.”

By Erin Strout, Women's Running

For Jenny Simpson, there...

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The Best Mile Moments of 2019

December 20, 2019

Longstanding indoor and outdoor Mile world records broken; Herrera & Kampf BBTM Grand Prix Tour champions and more BBTM Effect!

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile

The Bring Back the Mile campaign was launched in January 2012 to elevate & celebrate the storied distance, and over the past 8...

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World Championships Women’s 1500m preview: defending titlist Kipyegon faces formidable field

September 25, 2019

American Doha quartet includes 2011 world champion Simpson, Houlihan, Hiltz & Johnson

By Steve Landells for the IAAF

With major question marks against all the chief contenders, predicting the outcome of the women’s 1500m with any great level of confidence is a tricky business.

The world #1...

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With focus & courage, Simpson seeks another World Championship medal

September 17, 2019

“To be good for this long you have to be doing just about everything right. You can’t take shortcuts on anything.”

By Michael Sandrock, Daily Camera

Most years, the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile has been an end-of-the-season treat for Jenny & Jason Simpson, coming after the Olympic or IAAF...

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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



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Seven-time champion Jenny Simpson to defend New Balance 5th Avenue Mile crown

August 21, 2019

Stellar fields including four-time men's champ Nick Willis at world’s most iconic road Mile; $34,000 prize purse; inaugural Back to School Mile added to 39th edition; event to be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 12:30pm ET


NEW YORK – Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson will race for...

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Houlihan edges out fellow Iowan Simpson for USA 1500m title

July 27, 2019

“I was definitely nervous coming into this race because I had a little more pressure than I usually feel."

By Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register

It wasn’t until after the 1500 meter finals at the USATF Outdoor Championships that Webster City native Jenny Simpson finally caught up to Sioux City...

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A Mentor and Her Protégé Will Face Off at USATF Outdoor Championships

July 23, 2019

Rio Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson and collegiate standout Dani Jones have become like “sisters,” pushing each other to run harder and smarter.

By Taylor Dutch, Runner's World

As one of the youngest competitors on the starting line at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Track Championships, Dani Jones...

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New Balance’s New Shoe Gives You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

May 19, 2019

Designed to work best for the Mile, the aptly named 5280 is light, but insulated to help reduce impact: "The faster you go, the better you feel!"

By Nicholas Thompson, Wired

This past September, Jenny Simpson headed out in the rain to the start of the 5th Avenue Mile road race with two pairs...

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The Evolution of Jenny Simpson

March 20, 2019

Rio Olympic bronze medalist and Mile star shares her secrets to success when it comes to getting older, wiser—and faster.

By Sarah Wassner Flynn, Women's Running

It’s a Thursday afternoon in December, and Jenny Simpson has just finished up her first run of the day near her Boulder, Colo.,...

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Jenny Simpson adapts to emerging Mile stars worldwide

October 12, 2018

“I think history will look back on this and my accomplishments will be in the context of what I think is one of the most competitive eras of middle-distance running.”

By Nick Zaccardi,

When asked the state of the women’s 1500 meters / Mile, one of the strongest events in track &...

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Oviedo’s Jenny Simpson: “I never imagined that I would be this good for this long”

September 15, 2018

“It’s loving what you do, but also knowing all of the work that you put into it and not giving an inch, because you know you worked so hard."

By Stephen Ruiz, Orlando Sentinel

Jenny Simpson did what she always does last weekend to end her running season.

She ran in New York, and as...

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Simpson Earns Record-Extending 7th Win at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

September 09, 2018

Wightman men’s champion; a record-tying 17 women sub-4:30; also an event record 7,704 finishers across 22 heats in world’s longest running road Mile; $30,000 prize purse awarded


NEW YORK — The USA’s Jenny Simpson raced to her record-extending 7th win and Great Britain’s Jake...

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Jenny Simpson’s four pillars of running success

August 31, 2018

"By trusting the process over time, it’s going to lead you in a positive direction to your ultimate goal, no matter what happens along the way.”

By Brian Metzler, Runner's World

With four global medals in the 1500 meters (including her bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics Rio), 11 national titles...

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Simpson, Willis to Defend New Balance 5th Avenue Mile Titles

August 28, 2018

Stellar field with 19 Olympians to toe the line, including Centrowitz, Coburn, Grace, Lomong and Berian; world’s most iconic road Mile race to be aired live on NBC, Sunday, September 9


NEW YORK — Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World Championships medalist Jenny Simpson and...

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Sifan Hassan wins fast Mile at Müller Anniversary Games

July 22, 2018

Best ever women's Mile produces #3, 6-7 all-time, 4 national records, best time for place 2-12, record tying 5 sub-4:20 same race and 10 personal records!

By Steve Smythe, Athletics Weekly

The final race on the second day of the Müller Anniversary Games on Sunday in London was the Millicent...

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Houlihan beats Simpson to win USA 1500m crown

June 23, 2018

"I’ve looked up to her as a runner throughout high school. She’s been someone that has been talked about throughout Iowa. To come out here and race against her and put on a good show was really cool.”

By Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register

DES MOINES - With about 100 meters remaining in the 1500...

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Houlihan vs. Simpson Metric Mile Showdown at USA Outdoor Championships

June 21, 2018

Iowa natives headline 1500m women's field in Des Moines

By Kevin Liao, Citius Mag

If anything has characterized the 2018 track season thus far, it’s been the changing of the guard we’ve seen in many events, particularly in the sprints.

The aging Justin Gatlin and retired Usain Bolt have...

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After Breaking American 2 Mile Record, Simpson is Motivated for More in 2018

May 04, 2018

I’m over 30 and I think that I’m still going to get better. I want to run a PR in the 3000 meters. I would love to PR in the 1500 meters again.

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

Over the weekend, Jenny Simpson added another accolade to her decorated career by shattering the American record...

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Simpson Returns to Drake Relays for U.S. Record Attempt

April 04, 2018

Five-time event champion and Rio Olympic medalist eyes 2 Mile national record against top women's field on the famed Blue Oval

From Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa – Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2 Mile record as part of...

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Olympic runner Jenny Simpson talks with Long Island kids

December 30, 2017

So the best moments I have ever had were when I just crossed the finish line.

By Annemarie Jones & Brendan Riordan, Kidsday Reporters, Newsday

We interviewed Olympic runner Jenny Simpson when she was visiting Manhattan recently. Jenny is a middle-distance runner and also competed in the...

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What runners can learn from Jenny Simpson and Vincent van Gogh

November 28, 2017

"He looked in the mirror and executed to the best of his skills; the brush strokes and color combinations he used; how he composed himself looking straight into the mirror. If you are willing to do that, you can be good at what you do."

By Mike Sandrock, Daily Camera

Many runners like to...

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Jenny Simpson Partners with New York Road Runners as Ambassador to New Youth Fitness Program

September 13, 2017

Since 1999, NYRR has offered free youth fitness programs, now serving 267,000 youth nationally, including 134,000 across New York City’s five boroughs

NEW YORK – New York Road Runners (NYRR) has announced that three-time Olympian and Team New Balance athlete Jenny Simpson has partnered with...

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Simpson Secures Record 6th Win at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, Willis Earns Record 4th Title

September 10, 2017

Overall, a record 19 men clock sub-4 and 6 women sub-4:20 in same race; at 37th edition in 23 heats, record-number 7,664 finishers, world’s largest Mile!


NEW YORK – The USA’s Jenny Simpson raced to her record-extending sixth win – matching the event record time of 4:16.6 in the...

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World Championship Medalists Highlight Field at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

August 24, 2017

Eric Jenkins, Jenny Simpson return to defend event titles; iconic road Mile race to air live on NBC and to feature 23 heats throughout the day, including specialty heats for youth, seniors, NYPD / FDNY and the first-ever Borough Battle

By New York Road Runners

NEW YORK — The 2017 New Balance...

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Is Jenny Simpson the greatest American 1500 meter runner ever?

August 15, 2017

“What people say of me that makes me feel the best about my career is when they talk about how consistent I’ve been."

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

If there was any argument against the notion that Jenny Simpson is the greatest female American 1500 meter runner ever, it may have been settled...

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Rio Olympic Champion Kipyegon Wins World 1500m Title

August 07, 2017

Simpson secures silver medal, her third World metric Mile medal (also 2011 gold and 2013 silver)

Emily Moss for the IAAF

With six women having run faster than four minutes in 2017, the women's 1500 meters at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 had been billed as one of the events of the...

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Obiri Wins Historic Women’s Mile to Highlight Müller Anniversary Games

July 09, 2017

Top five women clock sub-4:20 plus best marks-for-place were set from 4th to 14th, produces the deepest women’s Mile race in history; Jenny Simpson #2 U.S. woman all-time with 4:19.98 in London

By Matthew Brown for the IAAF

Two world leads, a world best and a meeting record in the women’s...

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Game Faces: Jenny Simpson, Olympic medalist

July 03, 2017

“There feels like just such a community effort driving towards some sort of personal best, and so I’m no different than so many other people that have regular jobs.”

By Levi Waddell, Mile High Sports

Jennifer Simpson is breaking down barriers in distance running, and her current hometown...

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Robby Andrews Wins First USA 1500m Title

June 24, 2017

Jenny Simpson four-peats in Sacramento; third place surprises for London World Championships qualifier

From David Monti, @d9monti
© 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With mid-afternoon temperatures inside of Hornet Stadium hovering at about 100F / 38C, Robby...

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Eat Like an Elite: Jenny Simpson

February 25, 2017

The Olympic medalist swears by meal prep delivery services and makes a mean chocolate chip cookie.

By Heather Mayer Irvine, Runner's World

In 2015, Jenny Simpson finished last in the World Championship 1500 meter race. She’d been clipped and lost her shoe. A year later, Simpson, who holds a...

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7 Surprising Things That Happen After Winning an Olympic Medal

December 08, 2016

"The treasured, powerful symbol of athletic success was like hiding in my suitcase in a bundle of socks.”

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Team USA’s track & field athletes are always expected to do well at the Olympics—and usually they tally a significant number of medals across the sprints...

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Life After Olympic Medals: Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson Celebrate Together

October 04, 2016

Since the competitive season ended, the Boulder-based teammates have enjoyed parties, appearances and a trip to the White House

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn each came out of the Rio Olympics with historic performances for the United States. Coburn won the...

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CU to Honor Historic Rio Olympic Medalists Coburn & Simpson

September 27, 2016

Former NCAA champions for the Colorado track & field and cross country teams to be recognized at several events on Saturday, October 1

By Linda Sprouse, CU Boulder

BOULDER — University of Colorado will honor its two Olympic Bronze Medalists, Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson, on Saturday, October...

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Olympic medal puts Oviedo’s Jenny Simpson on different level

September 14, 2016

"I had a period of time to let the Olympic experience settle on me. When everyone is saying, 'This is such a big deal; we are so excited for you,' I feel like I had a better sense of, 'This is a really big deal.'"

By Stephen Ruiz, Orlando Sentinel

It has been nearly a month since Jenny...

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Simpson supreme again, Jenkins surprises at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

September 03, 2016

36th edition produces three women sub-4:20, two men sub-3:50; record 17 women sub-4:30 and record tying 17 men sub-4


NEW YORK – American Jenny Simpson became the first five-time winner – man or woman – in event history and rising star Eric Jenkins shocked the field with his top...

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Five Olympic Medalists Headline Star-Studded New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

August 30, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz leads men’s field, while Team New Balance stars and Olympic bronze medalists Jenny Simpson & Emma Coburn highlight women’s field; world’s largest & most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors...

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Winning the Wetmore Way

August 23, 2016

"They are waiting for the battle of St. Crispan's Day, and are outnumbered five to one. Sometimes this year, with wave after wave of scandal in our sport, it has felt as if we were up against impossible odds. But, 'She who has no stomach for this fight, let her depart ... .' "

By Mike Sandrock,...

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5 Things to Know About Jenny Simpson’s History-Making Olympic Performance

August 19, 2016

"Standing on the starting line, I’m terrified—I’m always terrified of it, but that last 100 meters is always a thrill for me. I just love the sport.”

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

When Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meter Olympic bronze medal on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro, she added the one...

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Women’s 1500: Kipyegon Upsets Dibaba, Jenny Simpson Wins Bronze in Rio

August 16, 2016

The world record holder was overtaken with 200 meters to go by this year’s fastest woman. Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

By Scott Douglas, Runner's World

In the first real upset in a middle-distance or distance final of these Games, Kenya’s...

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Jenny Simpson wants to put up a good fight in 1500m

August 15, 2016

“When I was challenged with what’s really the one message I believe in when it comes to not just sports but how what I do transcends sport, for me it really is what does brave look like everyday’.’

By Josh Peter, USA Today Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO — Before her first-round race in the 1500 meters...

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From Iowa to Rio: Simpson’s journey to Olympic Games began in Iowa

August 02, 2016

"People ask about her all the time and we have so many friends who are following her."

By Andrew Logue, The Des Moines Register

A poster-sized photo of Jenny Simpson hangs in her grandfather’s home office.

Her grandmother keeps the neighbors in Spencer, Iowa, updated on Simpson’s progress...

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Oviedo’s Jenny Simpson sees Rio Olympics as best chance at medal

July 30, 2016

"Of all the things that I accomplished, what I am most proud of is my longevity.''

By Stephen Ruiz, Orlando Sentinel

Jenny Simpson is not slowing down as her 30th birthday approaches on Aug. 23.

Quite the opposite.

The former Oviedo High standout qualified for her third Olympics after...

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Buffs Alums Simpson, Coburn Gear for Olympics

July 25, 2016

"Along the way there are different benchmarks that you dream of and hope for and work for, and the gold medal at the Olympic Games is the superlative."

by Neill Woelk, CU Buffs News

If there's one thing to be learned from an athlete's first Olympic experience, it is how to deal with the...

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Here are the chances Colorado’s track & field athletes have of winning medals in Rio

July 12, 2016

Jenny Simpson (1500 meters), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase) best hopes for Olympic podium

By Daniel Petty, Denver Post

EUGENE, Ore. — Nine athletes with Colorado connections will represent the United States on the Olympic track & field team in Rio next month, with serious contenders to...

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Exciting 1500 meter races close out U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 11, 2016

Women's 1500m top 3 strongest in U.S. Olympic team history; Blankenship, Andrews and Martinez celebrate first Olympic berths; Centrowitz breaks Steve Scott's Olympic Trials meet record.

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

Less than half a second separated the third and fourth place finishers...

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Jenny Simpson takes shot at ending U.S. 1500 Olympic drought

May 01, 2016

Simpson won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships: “What that shifted for me is, I believed I could win any race ever. I have the medal to go home to, to remind myself that you don’t have to have a perfect season to win at the world level."

By Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register

If the...

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Jenny Simpson: How I Find Peace at the Starting Line

November 13, 2015

It's that little kid that runs out way too hard in elementary school in their first Mile race; there's a piece of that still inside me.

By Aimee Berg, ESPN W

Jenny Simpson has run hundreds of races in the past 20 years, from her first Mile in elementary school to winning New York City's 5th...

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How to Survive Running in a Pack—and Break Free

October 01, 2015

"It's tit-for-tat, so you're not making a lot of decisions. When they go, I go. When they slow down, I slow down. Finally, you're preparing for when you're going to strike. It's empowering to determine when to strike. It's a much more predatory position than leading a race and having to fend...

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Steps to Beijing Episode 4 ft. IAAF World Championship bound Jenny Simpson

August 24, 2015

"Really believe in race visualization because I think training the mind is equally important, if not more important, when it comes to being on that edge against the best in the world." -Jenny Simpson

From New Balance Running

Some say the only thing better than winning is losing...and then...

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Simpson ready to rise to the occasion at IAAF World Championships

August 21, 2015

Simpson was beaming with confidence at the Team USA press conference; prelims are set to get underway on Saturday, August 22 local time.


Jenny Simpson is approaching the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 as one of the medal contenders in the 1500m. With the first round in this...

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Simpson, Rowbury Give U.S. 1-2 Medal Punch in World Championships 1500

August 10, 2015

One is a former world champion, the other the American record holder.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

The United States could take home two of the three medals in the women’s 1500 meters at the IAAF World Championships, which begin August 22 in Beijing. Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury...

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Personal Bests: Jenny Simpson

July 22, 2015

"Whether that was more through luck than any technical prowess I don’t know, but I looked like a seasoned 1500m runner, even though I probably had no idea what I was doing."

From Steve Landells, IAAF

Reigning 1500m Diamond Race winner Jenny Simpson recently clocked a season’s best of 3:57.30...

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How Many Medals Can the U.S. Middle Distance Women Win in Beijing?

July 22, 2015

Rivalries aside, the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics will be a thrill for fans of American middle distances.

By Meg Bellino, FloTrack

By now you’ve already seen or heard about Shannon Rowbury’s 1500m American record. If you didn’t, it came during a race where Ethiopia’s Genzebe...

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Jenny Simpson hits her stride as U.S. distance running’s new leader

July 15, 2015

Her goals this season include winning the World Championship 1500m crown again, this August in Beijing, and, at some point, making another run at Slaney’s record.

By Christopher Chavez, Sports Illustrated

Jenny Simpson watched the 2004 Women’s Olympic Marathon on television. She was 17 then...

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Jenny Simpson’s Winning Streak Ends with 3rd Place Finish in Lausanne

July 10, 2015

"Simpson is still in a good position for the World Championships. But Dibaba, Hassan, Kipyegon all represent very real threats to Simpson’s supremacy, and she will have to be at her very best if she is to hold them off at Worlds."


It’s rare to see someone pull away from Jenny...

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Jenny Simpson Tries to Keep Winning Streak Alive in 1500

July 09, 2015

Simpson said after USAs that she has no plans to attack Mary Slaney‘s 3:57.12 U.S. record prior to Worlds. That said, if it’s going to take 3:57 to win the race — and with this field, it could — the record is in jeopardy.


On July 5, 2014, Jenny Simpson ran 3:57.22 for 1500...

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Jenny Simpson Rolling Toward Beijing

July 03, 2015

I wanted to experience what she did—it was, “If she can do it, I can do it.” So that moment with Shalane in 2008 was really important for me.

By Jon Hendershott, Track & Field News

Two-time Worlds 1500 medal winner Jenny Simpson, the 2011 global champion as well as twice an Olympian,...

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Jenny Simpson claims the USATF 1500 title; a banged up Shannon Rowbury is second

June 30, 2015

"I didn't go to the front. I didn't make something happen until later in the race. But even though I was out of my element, I was still confident I could execute this well."

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

Jenny Simpson patiently bided her time Sunday until she struck.

When she struck, she struck...

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Simpson vs Rowbury Rivalry Grows with American Record in Sight

May 29, 2015

Both athletes lowered their 1500m PR last year, now Mary Slaney’s American record of 3:57.12 is in sight. Biggest middle distance rivalry since Suzy Favor Hamilton and Regina Jacobs clashed in the 90s.

By Scott Bush,

Down the homestretch come the Americans. Simpson leads, but...

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#MileProject – Five questions with Jenny Simpson

November 11, 2014

"For true Mile experiences, my favorite would have to be the indoor Big 12 Championships in 2009."

By Todd Straka,

I have to admit, I am not the first in my family to take on the #MileProject. Two years ago my daughter had a class assignment in which she decided to train...

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Jenny Simpson’s European “masterpiece”

November 04, 2014

"I love art. It is my second greatest love after running. Artists' desire to express themselves — those people and what they sacrifice for their art. It is similar to what I do in my sport."

By Mike Sandrock for the Boulder Daily Camera

When Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meters at the Diamond...

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Jenny Simpson recounts epic season

September 19, 2014

"There's two really high-level goals: Running faster than I ever have, which would place the American record in my sights, and winning medals."

By John Meyer, Denver Post

Jenny Simpson returned to Boulder on Thursday after completing an epic season on the international track circuit, winning...

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NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, Q&A with Jenny Simpson

September 15, 2014

"Winning today solidified that I was able to keep the whole season together, be strong from the beginning to the end."

By Elena Dyachkova,

The 5th Avenue Mile is my favorite road race, by far, and one of my favorite competitions whatsoever. It is special in so many aspects....

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Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

September 13, 2014

Record 14 women break 4:30 in the same Mile race; 15 men go sub-4; world's largest road Mile draws 5,610 finishers who race down storied thoroughfare


NEW YORK – Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile late Saturday...

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Q&A with DL Champion Jenny Simpson after Her Win in Zürich

August 31, 2014

“I pulled off what seemed at times was impossible odds: I had managed to win both the final DL races which was required if I wanted any hope at the overall DL title.”


On Thursday, Jenny Simpson became just the second American mid-d/distance runner to win a Diamond League title...

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Jenny Simpson: It’s good to be Queen

August 30, 2014

2011 World 1500m champion edges fellow American Shannon Rowbury in Zurich, wins Diamond League title.

By Jon Gugala,

On Thursday, Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meters in Zurich, and with it, the Diamond League overall title in the metric Mile event plus $50,000. The two-time...

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BBTM USA National Championships: Women’s 1500m

June 29, 2014

Welcome to BBTM's coverage of the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships Women's 1500m. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and check-back after each day of...

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Simpson reflects on medals, race tactics and looks forward to a fun 2014

October 16, 2013

Two-time World 1500 medalist and Olympian leads U.S. women's middle distance charge

By Steven Mills for the IAAF

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the USA is currently the top nation in the world for strength in depth in the women's middle distance events and leading the way is ...

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Catching Up with Jenny Simpson

October 02, 2013

"I think this stretch of American middle-distance and distance success has the potential of being remembered as a great era of our sport."

By Scott Bush,

It's been a wild 2013 season for U.S. middle distance star Jenny Simpson. Switching coaches after a disappointing 2012...

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Jenny Simpson Talks Race Tactics

September 26, 2013

After a dream season, the World Championships silver medalist opens up about track strategy, her goals for 2014 and flood-ravaged Boulder

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

American middle-distance and distance runners dream of the kind of track season Jenny Simpson had in 2013. There was...

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Jenny Simpson: How to perform when it counts

September 23, 2013

"I found myself in front, but just kept saying to myself: ‘you’re going to be really hard to beat. Do what you are capable of doing’."

By SPIKES Magazine

After winning gold and silver at the past two World 1500m finals, the USA’s Jenny Simpson, 27, is earning a reputation for being a master...

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Simpson, Willis Win NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile

September 22, 2013

At 33rd edition, 16 men go sub-4 minutes and 12 women sub-4:30; more than 5,100 finishers race down famed thoroughfare

By Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

NEW YORK – For Nick Willis, it was a season marred by injury; for Jenny Simpson, it was another year on the medal stand and a...

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Jenny Simpson leads silver night for Team USA at Worlds

August 15, 2013

Teenager Mary Cain 10th in women's 1500 meter final in Moscow

By Nick Zaccardi, NBC Sports

Jenny Simpson won one of three silver medals for the U.S. at the World Track & Field Championships on Thursday in a 1500 meter final where 17-year-old Mary Cain finished a respectable 10th.

The 1500...

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In the Running for Friendship

August 09, 2013

Jenny Simpson, the 2011 world champion in the 1500, has had a strong season after a disappointing London Olympics; grade school Mile set course for future running career

By Mackenzie Lobby,

Jenny Simpson was probably the last kid on the playground anyone would have picked to become...

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Simpson Earns First Diamond League Victory of Her Career – Wins Monaco 1500

July 19, 2013

Americans take 4 of the top 5 spots; 2013 USA 1500 champion Treniere Moser struggles and finishes last


MONACO – Reigning world champion Jenny Simpson of the U.S., who last year finished dead last in her semifinal heat of the Olympics, is officially back. She’s not just back,...

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Jenny Simpson on returning to Boulder: ‘My racing confidence is back’

June 26, 2013

CU grad to defend 1500 meter world title in Moscow this August

By Mike Sandrock, Daily Camera

When Jenny Simpson was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, on her way to getting a degree in economics and political science and winning five NCAA titles, she would at times bump into a...

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2011 World Champ Jenny Simpson Back on Track

June 18, 2013

After disappointing Olympic year, a successful return to her college coaches in Boulder

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meter race at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on April 26 in 4:03.35, and her 4:02.30 for third place in Rome on June 6 is the fastest American...

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Drake Relays: Webster City’s Simpson Breaks Stadium Record

April 26, 2013

2011 world champion clocks 4:03.35 for 1500 meter meet record; Mary Cain also sets high school record.

By Andy Hamilton, Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa – One thought raced through Jenny Simpson’s mind as she approached the finish line faster than any woman ever has during a 1500 meter...

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World Champ Jenny Simpson Returns to College Coach

December 12, 2012

2011 world title was followed by relatively disappointing Olympic year.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Jenny Simpson, whose 1500 meter world championship in 2011 was followed by a relatively disappointing 2012 track season, has left Colorado Springs, where she was coached by Juli Benson,...

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Monument’s Jenny Simpson Finishes Last in Heat of 1500 Meter Semis

August 08, 2012

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

LONDON — A year ago Jenny Simpson ran what she called "the perfect race on the perfect day," winning a gold medal in the 1500 meters at the world championships. Pretty much the opposite happened Wednesday night.

Simpson, a Monument resident and Colorado grad,...

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Jenny Simpson qualifies for 1500 meters semis by less than a second

August 06, 2012

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

LONDON — Monument's Jenny Simpson brought some unwanted drama and suspense to the first round of the women's 1500 meters Monday, qualifying for the semifinal on Wednesday with less than a second to spare.

Simpson, the reigning world champion and a former...

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Monument’s Simpson prepares for Olympic medal in 1500

August 04, 2012

By  David Ramsey, The Gazette

LONDON – Monument resident Jenny Simpson has traveled to England with a lazer-like focus. She’s here to prepare to compete in the Olympic 1500 meters.

And that’s about it.

Simpson eats breakfast at the Olympic Village, takes a bus to a vigorous daily workout...

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Jenny Barringer Simpson’s persistent competitiveness marks Olympic journey

July 22, 2012

By George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel

The first step of Jenny Barringer Simpson's athletic career began as a third-grader competing in a Mile race around a soccer field. She finished second to a girl named Brittany Baxter.

Brittany went to become a cheerleader at Oviedo High School.

Jenny went...

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Catching Up With World 1500m Champion Jenny Simpson

June 21, 2012

Simpson discusses the pressures surrounding her world champion status and the challenges of peaking for both the Trials and Olympics

By David Monti, Race Results Weekly

After finishing second at the Prefontaine Classic 1500m on June 1, world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson and her husband Jason...

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4 Minutes with a Miler - Jenny Simpson

April 25, 2012

Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, presents its second installment with 2011 World Champion and 4:25.91 Miler, Jenny Simpson, who is based in Colorado Springs and coached by Juli Benson. It is hosted by Duncan Larkin with the audio available below and through the iTunes...

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