Katie Rainsberger

Birthday: 08/18/98 Mile PR: 4:35.15 (indoors) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:09.08 - 2017
High School: Air Academy High School
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
College: University of Oregon / University of Washington '20
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

Katie Rainsberger was named the best female distance runner in Colorado history. In 2016, she made a splash in the world of track by running the fastest U.S. girls high school-only Mile at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in March, clocking 4:36.61, and in June, Katie recorded the 5th fastest U.S. time in history at 1500 meters for a high school girl at the Portland Track Festival, finishing third in 4:12.62. The future Oregon Duck (later transferring to the University of Washington) was a 10-time Colorado state champion, a Nike Cross National Champion, the 2015 Gatorade U.S. female Cross Country runner of the year all while maintaining a 4.49 GPA. 

FUN FACT: Katie’s mother, Lisa Rainsberger (nee Weidenbach), was a world class distance runner. Lisa was the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon, in 1985, before Desiree Linden won the storied event, 33 years later, in 2018.



Top HS Athletes in U.S. Set for adidas Dream Mile, 1500

June 13, 2016

Murphy, Rainsberger, Herrera, Collier join Ratcliffe June 17 at Dilboy Stadium

From adidas Boost Boston Games

BOSTON, Mass. — A Pan Am Junior Champion, the top girls’ cross country runner in the nation, and three athletes ranked #1 in the U.S. for 2016 are among the high school stars set to...

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Superstar runner Katie Rainsberger closes out senior year with 10th state title, national attention

May 23, 2016

"She knows so much about the sport, she's such a good motivator, encouraging, taking the younger kids under her wing."

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

It is an hour before Katie Rainsberger will run her final race for Air Academy High School, the 1600 meters at the Colorado state high school...

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