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Gwen Lapham

Age:  44

Event:  3k to marathon; cross country

Hometown:  Yakima, WA

College/University Competed for:  None

Personal Bests

3K:  9:50, Husky Classic Indoor, Seattle WA, 2/06

5K: 17:03, Greenlake Gobble 5k, Seattle WA, 11/13

8k: 28:45, Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, Seattle WA, 5/07

10K: 35:19, Sun Run, Vancouver BC, 4/13

12K:44:24, Lilac Bloomsday, Spokane WA, 5/06

1/2 Marathon: 78:57, Capital City Half Marathon, Olympia WA, 5/06

Marathon: 2:44:25, US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, Boston MA 4/08

Career Highlights

2014 Bloomsday 12K, 2nd Masters, Spokane, WA,

2013 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships – Women’s Masters Champion (overall)

2013 Pacific NW Track & Field Cross Country Championships – Masters Champion

2013 Greenlake Gobble 5k, Seattle WA, 1st Place

2012 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships – Women’s Masters Champion (W40 team and overall)

2012 10k Champion – Overall & Masters, Pacific NW Track & Field 10K Championships

2012 Greenlake Gobble 5k, 1st Place

2012 Snoqualmie Railroad Days 10k, Snoqualmie WA

2012 Seafair Torchlight 8k, Seattle, Runner-up

2012 St. Patricks Day Dash, 4th Overall & 1st Masters

2011 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships – Women’s 40-44 Runner-up

2011 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships – Women’s Team 40+ Champions

2011 USATF Northwest Regional Cross Country Championships – Masters Champion

2011 Pacific NW Track & Field Cross Country Championships – Masters Champion

2011 Issaquah Salmon Days, Issaquah WA, 1st Place

2011 Footzone 5k, Redmond WA, 1st Place

2011 Seafair Torchlight 8k, Seattle WA, Runner-up

2008 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, Boston, MA, 51st overall

2006 Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth, MN, 10th place finish

About

Gwen grew up in Yakima, WA and attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA for her undergraduate degree. Through the University of Washing in Seattle, she earned Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health in 2002 and 2003, respectively, and completed her Doctorate in Health Services Research in 2012.  She is currently a Research Associate with Group Health Research Institute. She began running competitively as an adult under the guidance of Tom Cotner, local elite coach and nationally recognized track and field leader.  She married her husband, Michael, in 2008 and took time away from running during the 2009-2010 seasons to have her twins, Milo and Tess.  She returned in 2011 excited to compete as a Masters runner.