• Mile: 4:24.54
• 3000 meters: 8:44.11
• 5,000 meters: 15:08.61
• 10,000 meters: 31:35.88
• 12th 2013 World Championships - 5000 meters
• 2014 U.S. Champion 10,000 meters
• 2015 U.S. ½ Marathon Champion
• 2013 U.S. World Cross Country Team
Montgomery High School '05 (Santa Rosa, CA)
• High School Personal Bests: 4:52 (1600), 10:58 (3200)
Just like most young kids Kim Conley played an array of sports - soccer, basketball and softball were her favorites. However, it was when she joined the Santa Rosa Express youth track club at 12-years old that she saw her potential in running. In 8th grade she ran 5:38 for the 1600 and progressed steadily through high school. In her senior year, she ran personal bests of 4:52 for 1600 and 10:58 for the 3200 meters. For you metric fans that is approximately 4:32 (1500m) and 10:13 (3000m). In many states those times would make you a state champion but in California Kim never made the state finals.
For the UC Davis coaches, their recruiting work wasn’t very hard when it came to Kim. She had always wanted to go there after visiting as a kid and fell in love with the area. “I would always just envision myself bringing my bike there and going to college,” says Kim. In her freshman year, she managed to run 17:27 in the 5000 and somehow realized her future was in that event. Two years later she would reach a milestone breaking the 17-minute barrier by one second. By the end of her final year at UC Davis she was the school record holder in the 5000 (16:17.51) and the only runner in school history to have qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in exercise biology.
Kim’s three years after college is a lesson in never giving up. It’s a story of hard work and the desire to be the best you can be. Let’s be honest, Kim was a good college runner but not one you’d expect to make an Olympic team, let alone two. When asked what motivated her to pursue the sport after college her answer was simple and pure. “I knew I had so much left in me.”
Kim made a 3-year plan that culminated in 2012. Being an exercise biology major it shouldn’t be surprising she approached her training from a scientific standpoint. She also read literally every coaching book she could get her hands on. It all started to pay dividends in the spring of 2010 when she qualified for her first U.S. Championships in the 5000 and lowering her personal best 26 seconds to 15:51. The following year she bested that time another 13 seconds running 15:38. The rest of the story Kim will share with you at camp, including her thrilling finish at the 2012 Olympic Trials that qualified her for the Olympic Games.
Kim presently resides in West Sacramento, CA with her husband and coach, Drew Wartenburg. In 2014, they started the NorCal Distance Project, a professional distance running team in Sacramento.
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David at work: 315-472-0744
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