Jenny Simpson

With four global medals and numerous American records to her credit, Boulder’s Jenny Simpson is one of the most successful American track athletes ever. In 2018, she ran the second-fastest women’s mile in U.S. history (4:17.30) and also won her seventh straight Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City (4:18.80). Although she was born in Iowa and went to high school in Florida, she’s made a name for herself in Boulder. She was a record-setting, three-time NCAA champion while at the University of Colorado between 2005-2009. She won the 1500-meter run at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, earned silver medals in the event at the 2013 and 2017 world championships and brought home the bronze medal in the 1500 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Her discipline and ability to prioritize her running have always been keys to her success. “I think that transformation from ritual to routine is what makes running really a real pleasure, something that’s really special for people for their entire lives,” she says. “If you can make running be that for you, it will become part of your life, part of who you are.” Jenny was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2018.