Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NYC 2010 - The Hardest Hitters: Tim Nelson

One of America’s most underappreciated runners will attempt to make a statement in Sunday’s ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Only ten Americans have ever run faster over 10,000 meters than Tim Nelson, who set a personal best of 27:31.56 at Stanford University earlier this year. Yet Nelson is less well-known than many of the runners who are close behind him on the U.S. all-time list for that event (Alan Webb, Bob Kennedy, etc.). Nelson himself is not too worried about not getting as much recognition as he deserves. He’s just focused on running even faster, knowing that if he does, the recognition will come.

Represents: USA USA
Trains: Madison, Wisconsin
Born: 27 February 1984
Educated: University of Wisconsin
Coach: Jerry Schumacher
Sponsor: Nike / Oregon Track Club

Fast Times

* 7:48.87 - 3000m (London, 2008)
* 13:20.33 - 5000m (Heusden, 2010)
* 27:31.56 - 10,000m (Stanford, 2010)
* 1:02:11 - Half-Marathon (Houston, 2

Memorable Races

* 2nd, 2010 US Outdoor Championships - 5000m
* 3rd, 2009 US Outdoor Championships - 10,000m
* 1st, 2009 Stanford Kim McDonald 10,000m
* 2nd, 2009 US 15k Road Championships
* 2nd, 2009 US Cross Country Champions

Recent Races

* 11th, 2010 Philadelphia Half Marathon
* 4th, 2010 US Half Marathon Championships
* 2nd, 2010 US Outdoor Championships - 5


A native of California, who attended Liberty Christian HS in Palo Cedro, CA, "Nelly" counts Lost among his favorite TV shows. A competitor at the 2009 World Championships, Nelson's 10,000m PB of 27:31.56 makes him the 10th-fastest American, All-Time.