Considered one of the best female marathoners in U.S. history, Kim Jones could also be included in a list of the country’s top 5 marathoners, male or female. She has more high level placings in world class marathons than any other U.S. female marathoner in history with 17 performances under 2:33.
Kim’s experience as a marathoner is unrivaled and her ability to coach that event extends from the beginning level to world class. She is also uniquely qualified to work with people struggling with asthma and allergy issues as she has herself successfully overcome asthma problems to become a world class runner.
During her career as a marathoner Kim has trained with and learned from some of the best runners in the world (Steve Jones, Rob DeCastella, Benji Durden, and Mark Plattjes, Colleen DeReuck, to name just a few).
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Benji Durden is a Boulder, Colorado based coach of elite runners who came to prominence as a distance runner in the early 1980s. Benji was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic marathon team, placing second. Benji recorded 25 sub-2:20 marathons in less than a decade and ranked among the top ten U.S. marathoners for six straight years, reaching seventh in the world in 1982. His lifetime best of 2:09:57 came with his 3rd place finish in the 1983 Boston Marathon. Benji continues to run as a Grand Masters (50 and older) in marathons around the country.
1983 Boston Marathon (Durden is on right). Photo: Bob Howard for the Chicago Sun Times
Boulder Daily Camera: ” Sooner or later, the Colorado Running Hall of Fame may want to consider opening a Boulder wing. Of the eight inductees for the class of 2009 — the third overall class in the Hall — at least five have strong Boulder connections, continuing a trend that began with the induction of the inaugural class in 2007.
This year’s class, to be inducted at a May 13 ceremony at the Denver Athletic Club, consists of Rich Castro, Alan Culpepper, Benji Durden, Kim Jones, Creigh Kelley, Stan Mavis, Maureen Roben and Jerry Quiller.”