Sara Vaughn

Birthday: 05/16/86 Mile PR: 4:21.7 (road) - 2017
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:04.56 - 2017
High School: Gering HS '04
Hometown: Gering, NE
College: University of Colorado '08
Current Residence: Boulder, CO

Sara Vaughn, in her debut, won the 2021 California International Marathon, clocking a course record of 2:26:53. She is only the fourth U.S. woman to record a sub-4:30 track Mile and sub-2:30 marathon (also Francie Larrieu Smith, Molly Huddle and Jordan Hasay). At the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Vaughn set a personal record of 2:23:24, finishing 10th.

She finished runner-up at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler, setting a personal track record of 4:27.31 (her first sub-4:30 and #77 U.S. woman).

At the 2017 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Sara finished a surprising third in 4:07.85 to punch her Team USA ticket to London for the World Championships.

Vaughn won the 2014 Camel City Indoor Mile, clocking an event and North Carolina indoor state record of 4:35.07, and she finished runner-up in the inaugural BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2014. The NCAA All-American at the University of Colorado was third at the inaugural USA 1 Mile Road Championships in 2009.

FUN FACT: Husband Brent was also a national class runner, and together, they are raising three young daughters and a baby son.

FUN FACT II: Sara sells real estate in Boulder, Colorado.



Sara Vaughn: Elite Miler, marathoner, mom, wife, Realtor

December 20, 2021

Boulder resident wins California International Marathon in debut, clocking course record and becoming only 4th U.S. woman to record sub-4:30 Mile and sub-2:30 marathon

By Michael Sandrock, Daily Camera

When Sara Vaughn and her husband and coach, Brent, returned to their Boulder home Wednesday...

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NYRR Wanamaker Mile Draws Top International Field

January 09, 2018

Two past race champions and 11 Olympians expected at the Armory's New Balance Track & Field Center on Saturday, February 3


NEW YORK — Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will race for his first title in six attempts against defending event champion Eric Jenkins in the men’s field,...

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Sara Vaughn Was the Feel-Good Story of the Summer, But a Sponsorship Deal Eludes Her

November 25, 2017

“It’s not just what you’ve done, it’s what you’re going to do. They have to really believe that the future is bright for an athlete like Sara to make that investment.”

By Alison Wade, Runner’s World

At last June’s USA Track & Field Championships, Sara Vaughn stormed from ninth place to third...

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Unsponsored Sara Vaughn reaches elite of U.S. Milers

September 19, 2017

"When you get to that level, equipment and a salary is always nice, to free up money for things like massage. (But) the upside of not having a shoe contract is that it gives her the freedom to do things the way she sees fit."

By Mike Sandrock, Daily Camera

Darkness is descending and a chill...

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Sara Vaughn, Boulder mother of three, savors feat of qualifying for World Championships

July 01, 2017

“We had moments where we didn’t really have enough money to pay for food. It’s like 10 years of hard work after college going into that moment.”

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

BOULDER — Capturing major life events within the limited constraints of Twitter posts isn’t easy, but a pair over the...

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Sara Vaughn Steals Our Hearts and the Internet Goes Wild

June 27, 2017

After a stunning USA Championships 1500m race, her friends and fans took to Twitter to celebrate her tenacity.

By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World

When the women’s 1500 meters was finishing on Saturday afternoon at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, the television...

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Sara Vaughn competes on a shoestring, but that didn’t keep her out of the World Indoor Track & Field

March 28, 2012

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

Beaverton resident Sara Vaughn (right) pictured here at last winter's U.S. Open indoor meet in Madison Square Garden.
Sara Vaughn scrambled onto Team USA for this year's World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Istanbul.

Now we'll see what the 25-year-old mother...

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