ABOUT Allie Kieffer
Distance Runner, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathon Hopeful
Rising star of women’s distance running, strong social engagement, charismatic speaker, positive body image advocate, transparency about the pressures felt by female athletes, authentic messaging #strongnotskinny, encouraging perspective: don’t let the scale determine your worth and potential, rather than allow performance and resilience to propel you forward. Women’s Running selected Allie for their 15 Women Changing the World Through Running profile.
Instagram - Top 5 Most Engaging Women in Distance Running (Source: HookIt)
Allie Kieffer is a 31-year-old American distance runner who is Changing the World Through Running and, targeting one of the coveted women’s marathon spots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Allie’s fresh perspective and approach to performance has captivated the attention of the running community and female athletes universally. A seasoned competitor who returned to racing in 2017, Allie’s success exemplifies how to achieve more by breaking the rules and challenging conventional thought.
Hailing from Long Island, NY, Allie began running in elementary school through an after school program. She enjoyed the challenge and made the varsity high school track team while still in middle school. By her senior year in high school, Allie was the captain of the indoor track, cross country and outdoor track teams while earning All-American honors. She continued to compete as a Division One athlete at Wake Forest University and Arizona State University.
In 2012, Allie qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters. Unable to compete due to an injury, Allie eventually stepped away from the sport. Allie attributes the cause of her injury to cutting too many calories out of her training diet, attempting to fit the industry’s preconceived look and weight. An advocate of healthy eating and a positive body image activist, Allie hopes to inspire confidence and encourage other young female athletes to fuel their ambition rather than starve it. Allie supports the New York Road Runner’s Run for the Future program, which awards college scholarships to inner city girls.
After moving to New York and working as a running coach, Allie found a reinvigorated love for running and decided to return to racing. In 2017, Allie returned to the track and set a new 10,000m PR. Allie’s momentum continued with an impressive performance at the November 2017 NYC Marathon, her 5th place result was a personal breakthrough. Allie slashed her marathon PR by 15 minutes and negative split the challenging NYC course (1:16:36, 1:13:03) while out-pacing world-class marathoners from around the globe.
Heading into the 2018 NYC Marathon, Allie was a fan favorite and received extensive media coverage by New York Times, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Shape, Women’s Running and Runner’s World. Competing against what has been described as the strongest elite women’s field in NYC Marathon history, Allie finished 7th overall (2:28:12) just 21 seconds behind the 2018 Boston Marathon winner and only 1 min 50 seconds off the podium.
Allie kicked off the 2019 season with a win at Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon, followed by a 4th at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon. Injuries plagued Allie for part of the 2019 season but she rebounded to get to the start line at the 2019 NYC Marathon. 2020 began on a healthy note for Allie, who was an official pacer at the Houston Marathon. Allie’s focus is now on Tokyo qualification in the marathon, one of the most iconic Olympic events.
Allie’s commitment to excellence has her poised for more athletic breakthroughs. She continues to use her platform as a professional athlete to drive positive change and inclusion for women in sport.
- Olympic Standard Pacer – 2020 Houston Marathon
- DNF 2019 NYC Marathon
- 4th 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon (1:12:45)
- 1st 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon (1:13:33)
- 7th 2018 NYC Marathon (2:28:12) PR, second half (1:11:38), fastest final 6 miles of any American
- 1st 2018 Doha Half Marathon
- 1st 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon (1:12:44)
- 1st 2018 Staten Island Half Marathon (1:10:58)
- 4th 2018 Peachtree 10K
- 5th 2017 NYC Marathon (2:29:39), 2nd American across the finish line, negative split the course (1:16:36, 1:13:03)
- 1st 2016 Miami Marathon
- Former Indoor Marathon World Record Holder
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier 10,000m
- Advocate for healthy eating and positive body image, encourages young female athletes to “fuel their ambition”
- Volunteers with NYRR’s Run for the Future