Interview With Marathon Great Kim Jones

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 28, 2010

Kim Jones is a 2:26 marathoner. Photo: Coloradoan

One of America’s most consistent marathoners recalls her competitive days.

Kim Jones is now in her 50s. During her career, she was one of America’s best marathoners. She placed on average fourth in all 25 of her competitive races. She owns a 2:26 marathon PR and placed second in Boston and New York on multiple occasions.

Jones recently sat down with the Web site Coloradoan and answered questions about her incredible career.

Regarding the wearing of her trademark sunglasses, she notes that the first time she wore them was not on purpose. In a training run leading up to the Chicago Marathon, she suffered a concussion and borrowed a pair belonging to renowned American marathoner Benji Durden to help her deal with the after effects of the concussion during in the race. “They were more like ski goggles covering most of my face, and boy was I teased,” she said.

When asked about her hardest run ever, Jones recalls a 3-hour run completed in 27 miles. “It included one hour of easy 4 x 1.5 miles at 10K race effort with a 1/2 mile at marathon pace in between and then one hour easy run, all on a hilly course,” she remembers.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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