Amy Cragg, 35

Arizona State University

Personal Bests:

  • 1500 m: 4:22.97

  • 3000 m: 8:58.21

  • 5000 m: 15:14.31

  • 10000 m: 31:10.69

  • Half marathon: 1:08:27

  • Marathon: 2:21:42

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Amy grew up in military family in Leavenworth, Kansas as Amy Hastings. As a high school runner she was highly successful at the state level, winning three State Championships. Already she demonstrated her aptitude for the longer distances as her 1,600m personal best of 5:11 was scarcely faster than the pace of her 9:53 3,000m PR. She was recruited Arizona State University where she blossomed on the national stage, earning 10 All-American honors. She was the NCAA Indoor Champion at 5,000m in 2006 and was an integral member of the ASU’s Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championship teams in 2007.

Despite her stellar record at the NCAA Championships, Amy’s collegiate personal bests of 15:50 and 32:30 left her needing to make substantial improvements in order to make US National teams. She moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA to train with Coach Terrence Mahon in order to pursue those gains. The next few years held modest successes, she made the World Cross Country team in 2010 and finished 25th, but big time jumps on the track eluded her. That all changed in 2011 when she lowered her 5,000m personal best by 29 seconds to 15:14, placed second at the US Championships and qualified for the World Championships in Daegu.

2011 also saw Amy debut in the marathon when she finished 2nd in Los Angeles in an impressive 2:27. At the Olympic Trials Marathon in January 2012, she again ran 2:27 but finished an agonizing 4th place. Initially devastated by this near miss, she rebounded in fine style by winning the Olympic Trials over 10,000m, her first National Championship and first Olympic Team. At the London 2012 Olympics she ran a personal best of 31:10 to finish 11th.

Training in Providence, Rhode Island, the following three years saw continued success, but failed to live up to Amy’s expectations. She represented Team USA in the 10,000m at the 2013 Moscow World Championships after finishing 4th at USAs. She ran 2:27 for the marathon multiple times, including a 4th place in Chicago, but failed to better her debut time. Believing her future was as a marathoner, Amy decided to begin training with Shalane in the fall of 2015 and officially joined BTC when she signed a sponsorship deal with Nike in 2016. The partnership immediately yielded fantastic results at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials where the pair broke the race wide open around the halfway point. Running stride for stride well ahead of the field, Shalane began to suffer in the sweltering LA heat in the latter stages. After waiting up for her training partner for a couple miles, Amy moved on to win the race, avenging her 4th place from four years prior. Shalane gamely hung on for 3rd. The picture of Shalane collapsing in Amy’s arms at the finish line became instantly iconic and was symbolic of the fantastic teamwork they had demonstrated in the build up to and during race.

Amy placed a strong 9th at the Olympic Games in Rio, one three American women in the top 10. In 2017 she decided to forego a lucrative spring marathon to race at the World Championships marathon in London. After a cagey start, the race became a running battle between four women for three medal positions in the final miles. Amy appeared beaten several times but fought all the way to the line for a Bronze medal, receiving the same time as second place. Her time in London was yet another 2:27- a mark she was determined to better in her next marathon. She did so in spectacular fashion in 2018, finishing 3rd in the Tokyo marathon in a huge PR of 2:21:42, making her the 5th fastest US woman of all time. In 2014, Amy married three time Irish Olympian Alistair Cragg. The two enjoy birding, gardening, and their french bulldog Gabby. She is the daughter of Scott and Aileen Hastings and has an older Sister, Sara, and a younger brother, Tommy.