Jenny Simpson

Birthday: 08/23/86 Mile PR: 4:16.6 (road) - 2017
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:57.22 - 2014 (#3 U.S. all-time)
High School: Oviedo HS
Hometown: Oviedo, FL
College: University of Colorado '09
Current Residence: Boulder, CO

Personal Website: www.trackjenny.com

At the 2017 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Jenny Simpson won her fourth straight national 1500 meter title, clocking 4:06.33 to earn another medal shot at the World Championships. On July 9 in London 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 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, the most by any woman at the famed Mile race. 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, a personal best and the 4th fastest women's time at the storied event. 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 (best place) 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 and 3000m, 5000m indoors) and also set the still standing NCAA indoor (and absolute) Mile record (4:25.91, her indoor track PR).

FUN FACTS: Growing up, Jenny competed in equestrian from western pleasure to show jumping to dressage. At the 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Simpson set the U.S. 2 Mile indoor and absolute record, clocking 9:18.35.

@trackjenny

News

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...

Read More comments

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!

From NYRR

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Preview: Women’s 1500m - IAAF World Championships London 2017

August 03, 2017

U.S. champion and 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson cannot be ruled out as she is a fierce racer and has a fine record at major championships.

By Emily Moss, IAAF

With six women having run faster than four minutes in 2017, the 1500m could prove to be one of the most competitive events of the...

Read More comments

NBC to Air Live Coverage of New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 10

August 02, 2017

Broadcast to be presented in partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field; Olympic medalist and Team New Balance athlete Jenny Simpson to return in search of her record 6th event title!

NEW YORK – In partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson relishing London return for World Championships

July 30, 2017

“Because I was disappointed with my 2012 Olympics, I’m looking forward to returning to the stadium and possibly getting some personal redemption.”

By Stuart Weir, Athletics Weekly

At 1500m, Jenny Simpson won the world title in 2011, plus world silver in 2013 and Olympic bronze in 2016 – and...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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

From NYRR

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...

Read More comments

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 USATF.tv and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors...

Read More comments

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,...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Olympian Jenny Simpson to Defend New Balance 5th Avenue Mile Title

July 21, 2016

Rio-bound and 5-time 3000m steeplechase national champion Emma Coburn to join her Team New Balance training partner; world’s most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on USATF.tv and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors and NYPD / FDNY

From NYRR Media

NEW YORK — The most iconic...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Olympian Jenny Simpson stops in Siouxland

September 25, 2015

"It's a really really fun thing for me to come back to Iowa, see a couple of the groups that are always following my running career and spend a little time while I can."

By Brianna Clark, KTIV

When you have a grandchild that you're proud of, it can be hard to stop talking about their...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson, Nick Willis Win 2015 5th Avenue Mile

September 14, 2015

“I hope it’s been fun for everyone [to watch] because it’s really hard, really stressful, but I think it’s good for our sport to have [Shannon and I] facing every weekend and battling it out".

By Chris Lotsbom, Competitor

Experience reigned supreme here at the 35th running of the NYRR 5th...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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.

From IAAF

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...

Read More comments

2015 IAAF World Championships Preview: Women’s 1500

August 18, 2015

Can Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury somehow take down Genzebe Dibaba?

From LetsRun.com

What a race. This race has it all.

The returning champ.

The European champ who has run 3:56.05.

Two historically fast Americans.

And, oh yeah, the world record holder.

The women’s...

Read More comments

Steps to Beijing Episode 3 ft. IAAF World Championship bound Jenny Simpson

August 17, 2015

"We have to design her training more efficiently to get another half second. Because that’s the difference between getting the American Record and not."

From Competitor

New Balance has put together a four-part “Steps to Beijing” documentary on Jenny Simpson as she prepares for the 2015 IAAF...

Read More comments

Steps to Beijing Episode 2 ft. IAAF World Championship bound Jenny Simpson

August 17, 2015

"We have to design her training more efficiently to get another half second. Because that’s the difference between getting the American Record and not."

From Competitor

New Balance has put together a four-part “Steps to Beijing” documentary on Jenny Simpson as she prepares for the 2015 IAAF...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson’s Return to the World Championships Documented in New Series

August 08, 2015

New Balance to release four-part documentary on Simpson as she prepares for the 2015 World Championships later this month in Beijing, China.

From Competitor.com

Jenny Simpson won gold in the 1500m at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Two years later at the 2013 Worlds...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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."

From LetsRun.com

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

Read More comments

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.

From LetsRun.com

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

Read More comments

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,...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson: Record Breaking Track Star

June 22, 2015

"No matter if you’re a first-timer or a high-level runner, the biggest thing you need courage for is getting to the starting line. It’s the courage to commit and prepare."

By Brian Metzler, Competitor Magazine

Two-time Olympian Jenny Simpson, 28, is one of America’s best runners on the track,...

Read More comments

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, RunnerSpace.com

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

Read More comments

Rising stars and decorated veterans among women at Prefontaine Classic

May 28, 2015

American Milers Simpson and Rowbury will clash in Eugene, Oregon this weekend for the 2015 Prefontaine Classic; third stop of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League calendar. 

By Chris Chavez, Sporting News

Americans Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury meet in their first clash since the epic finish at...

Read More comments

#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, BoulderRunning.com

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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, RunBlogRun.com

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....

Read More comments

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

From NYRR

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

Read More comments

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.”

By LetsRun.com

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

Read More comments

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, Deadspin.com

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Big Turnaround for U.S. Middle Distance Running

January 01, 2014

U.S. Milers winning medals and races, leading world lists and the best world-wide both genders combined

By David Monti, Race Results Weekly

At the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, the United States put in a dismal performance in the middle distance events. With the Stade de France...

Read More comments

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 ...

Read More comments

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, RunnerSpace.com

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

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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, espnW.com

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

Read More comments

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

By LetsRun.com

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,...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Back on Track: 5 Questions with Jenny Simpson

June 21, 2013

By Michael Sandrock, Competitor.com

Jenny Simpson is the defending world champion in the 1500 meters and has a bye into the 2013 IAAF World Championships scheduled for later this summer in Moscow.

The 26-year-old former University of Colorado star is still the American record-holder for the...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Catching Up with Olympian Jenny Simpson

May 06, 2013

By Scott Bush, Runnerspace

It's been a time of transition for two-time Olympian and 2011 World Championship 1500m gold medalist Jenny Simpson over the past six months. After the London Olympics, where Simpson failed to qualify for the 1500m finals, she made the tough decision to change coaches,...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Former CU Buffs’ Star Jenny Simpson Back Where She ‘Belongs’

April 25, 2013

Olympian training with Wetmore, Burroughs again

By John Meyer, The Denver Post

SUPERIOR, Colo. – Two-time Olympian Jenny Simpson is back training in Boulder, reunited with coach Mark Wetmore after a three-year absence and helping coach the University of Colorado track team as a volunteer...

Read More comments

Did You Get Enough?

March 13, 2013

By Brett Hoover, The Armory

The New Balance Nationals Indoor rocked The Armory for three days over the weekend and you will need to wait another year to catch it again. Or maybe not. We've organized nearly nine hours of racing, interviewing and other fun in a single location.

Click here for a...

Read More comments

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,...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson Biofile

October 02, 2012

By Scoop Malinowski, The Writings of Author Scoop Malinowski

Jenny Simpson

Status: 2011 World Champion in 1500 meters; 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympian and winner of 2011 Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City.

DOB: August 23, 1986 In: Webster City, Iowa

Ht: 5-5 Wt: 110

First Running Memory: “I...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson Defends Fifth Avenue Mile Title Saturday

September 21, 2012

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Jenny Simpson, 26, the 2011 IAAF World Championships 1500 meter gold medalist in 4:05.40, will run the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York on Saturday. She won on Fifth Avenue a year ago in 4:22.3.

This winter, she was the USATF indoor champion in the 1500 and...

Read More comments

Lagat, Simpson to Defend Titles at 32nd NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile

September 13, 2012

2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and Olympic fourth-place finisher Matthew Centrowitz also highlight men’s field; women’s field features two-time race champion and U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury and World Championships 1500m silver medalist Hannah England of Great Britain; $30,000...

Read More comments

Jenny Simpson Rebounds from London

August 20, 2012

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Given the high stakes and global visibility of the Olympic Games, it’s easy to think that the track and field season ends there. It doesn’t. The Diamond League resumed its 14-meet 2012 schedule on Friday, and right in the middle of it, trying to shake off...

Read More comments

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,...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

The Impact of Jenny Simpson

July 11, 2012

By Liam McHugh, NBC Learn

Many runners suffer injuries to their joints due to the repeated impact of their feet hitting the ground. U.S. runner Jenny Simpson relies on new treadmill technology to help rehabilitate from a stress fracture as she trains for the 2012 Summer Olympics. "Science of...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

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...

Read More comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

ELEVATE
Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

CELEBRATE
Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT
Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!