amanda mergaert

elite Member Since: 2013

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born 9/4/1991
hometown salt lake city, utah



What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – H. Thurman
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Favorite post-race meal?
Either steak or salmon, veggies, couscous and cheesecake.

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
My running shoes!

Do you have a training philosophy?
Consistently working hard over a long period of time surrounded by well-intentioned people is my key to success.

What is your favorite place to run?
I really enjoy trail running. For me, it is much more beneficial than running on the roads or treadmills. City Creek Trail is probably my favorite. It is an out and back run. On the way out you climb a few thousand feet up a canyon; the views are well worth the pain of running straight up a mountain. 

Why do you run?
I run for the consistent pure simplicity in an increasingly chaotic world. Running keeps me grounded and connected with my mind, body and soul. Also, I was always much better at running around in circles than doing anything else. Playing 5th quarter basketball (yep, they created a 5th quarter for the benchwarmers!) was never as thrilling for me.

What is your favorite workout?
Alternating 500s and 300s with short rest between the reps and long rest betweens sets.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
Rock climbing. I have only been maybe a dozen times, but the adrenaline rush is invigorating and the challenging courses are addicting. I also enjoy dirt biking, boating, and camping.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book they would be… 
Right now, The Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and Good to Great by Jim Collins … these choices change every day though!

personal bests

800m indoor 2:06
800m outdoor 2:04
1500m 4:13
Mile 4:35




racing highlights

2013 - USATF Championships - 1500m - 7th place
2013 - NCAA Division I Championships - 1500m - 3rd place
2012 - MPSF Mile - 1st place
2011 - Drake Relays - Distance Medley Relay - 1st place
2011 - USTFCCCA Women's Track Athlete of the Year