Simply put, Shalane is one of the most accomplished distance runners in US history. Shalane had early inspiration and motivation in the form of her parents Steve and Cheryl, two avid runners. She would soon go one to surpass both their accomplishments and just about everyone else in the process. After growing up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she attended the University of North Carolina where she amassed an astounding 15 All-American honors and 3 NCAA titles. She continued to have success in her early professional career, setting American records at 3,000m (indoors) and 5,000m (outdoors, since broken). After several years at the top of the American ranks, Shalane achieved perhaps her finest accomplishment when she won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, setting the American record of 30:22 in the process.
In 2009 she made the decision to join Coach Schumacher in Oregon and has since continued to add to her legacy. She set the American record in the indoor 5,000m in 2009, finished 2nd in the New York City marathon (her debut, no less) in 2010, and won a bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World XC championships. In 2012 she made her second Olympic team by winning the Olympic trials marathon and then came in 10th at the the Games in London. The run of excellence shows no sign of slowing down as she won the 2013 USATF championships at 10,000m in dominating fashion and then set a marathon personal best of 2:22 at the 2014 Boston Marathon. No future is garaunteed but one thing seems clear: with her fierce competitiveness and supreme dedication she will surely get the most out of her abilities.
Shalane is married to Steve Edwards (AKA Steve the Jogger) a fellow Tarheel who has long served as her agent and, when he can summon the strength, sometimes training partner. She has always had a passion for art dating back to her school years and likes to end a hard days training by snuggling with her cat, Boo.
1500m - 4:05.86
3000m - 8:33.25
5000m - 14:44.80
10000m - 30:22.22 AR
HALF MARATHON - 1:08:31
MARATHON - 2:22:02