kate grace

Sacramento, CA

elite Since: 2012

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born 10/24/1988
hometown los angeles, california


Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
I have a billion quotes. Right now, on my computer there is a note that says "chop wood and carry water." And recently before races, my affirmation has been "fortune favors the bold."

What is your favorite post-race meal?
I try to avoid the idea of food as reward, I eat yummy food all the time, before and after races in moderation. It's a bit different with track, because our races are so late. I just want to get something in my belly and get a shower.

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
Soft running shirt and a good pair of shorts. This season my favorites: Izumo LS and Mac Rogas.

Do you have a training philosophy?
Show up, do the work. And, don't shy away from the days that feel a bit off. There is just as much or more to be gained from an Ugly But Effective session as from one where everything felt perfect.

What is your favorite place to run?
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, Central Park, or along the coast in California.

Why do you run?
I came to running on accident. But why I continue? It expresses something inside me that I can not put to words. "The silent music of the body." It gives me both calm and healing, and also energy and connection. Why I race is a different topic.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
I like learning and exploring. That can take many forms. But I don't have a specific hobby I can point to.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be...

I don't like watching movies twice. Except for Love Actually. I'd watch mystery shows all day. For books, a really long biography.

personal bests

800m 1:58.28
1500m 4:05:65
Mile 4:28:30
3000m 8:55:06


racing highlights

2016 - Olympic 800 meter final - 8th
2016 - USATF Olympic Trials 800 meter final - 1st
2016 - Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic - 1500meters - 1st
2016 - Drake Relays 1500 meters - 2nd
2016 - New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - 1500 meters - 3rd
2016 - New Balance Games Indoors - Mile - 2nd
2014 - USA Championship - 1500 meter final
2014 - Oxy HP Invitational - 800 meters - 1st
2014 - Payton Jordan Invitational - 800 meters - 1st
2014 - IAAF World Relays - 4 x 1500m - 2nd
2013 - Meeting Areva Paris - 800 meters - 4th
2013 - USATF Track and Field Championship - 800 meters - 4th
2013 - Drake Relays 1500 meters - 3rd
2013 - Millrose Games - Wannamaker Mile - 3rd
2013 - USA 1 Mile Road Championship - Grand Blue Mile - 1st
2012 - USATF Road to London Twilight Meet at Icahn Stadium - 1st
2012 - Oxy High Performance Meet 800 meters - 5th fastest time
2012 - Payton Jordan Invitational - 800 meters - 2nd fastest time
2011 - NCAA Championship 800 meter final - 5th

photo credit: Jeffery Corcoran