The Story Behind Tera Moody’s 17th-Place Finish

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 29, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 30, 2011 at 5:29 AM UTC

Tera Moody faced many obstacles at the World Championships. Photo:

She hadn’t been able to run for four months this year.

For many, the news of American marathoner Tera Moody’s 17th-place finish at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last weekend, may not stand out particularly much. After all, she didn’t win a medal or come close to one.

But there’s a lot behind Moody’s race.

This February, only six months ago, Moody underwent three foot surgeries. She had been sidelined from running for four months. Her race in Daegu was hardly an easy one with temperatures nearing 80 and humidity at 72 percent.

“The conditions were brutal,” she admitted. “Normally in a marathon I go the whole distance in training. I didn’t get that this time.  So it was a little like, `Am I going to make it?”

Despite her struggles, Moody managed to run the race in 2:32:04. She was the top American finisher.

Thirty years of age, Moody improved on her past world-championship peformance by 11 places and over four minutes. Still, she had originally hoped to finish in the top 15.

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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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