Via L.A. Times: Aleksandra Duliba’s debut a winner in L.A. Marathon
“The women’s race featured top-five finishes from 40-year-old Deena Kastor of Agoura Hills (third place, 2:32:39) and 48-year-old Colleen De Reuck of Boulder, Colo. (fifth, 2:41:44).”
Colleen De Reuck is a long-distance runner from South Africa, who became an American citizen in 2000. She has had a long-lasting career, running in her forties, and made a total of four appearances at the Summer Olympics. She was a late bloomer and her first major success came in 1995 and 1996, when she won the Honolulu Marathon and the Berlin Marathon. Despite numerous appearances in the Summer Olympics and the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, medals never came on the track. After her transfer to compete for the United States in 2000, she won her first major world medals, taking the individual bronze and team silver at the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Another team bronze came at the following year’s championships and she won at the 2004 and 2005 USA Cross Country Championships. She continues to run and finished third at the Houston Half Marathon in 2009, finishing in 1:12:14.
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).