Over the course of his 25-year racing career Alan Culpepper proved to be one of the most consistent and versatile distance runners in American history.
From the mile to the marathon, Culpepper has the best range of any American runner to date. He is a two-time top 5 Boston Marathon finisher, a two-time Olympian, and set the fastest American debut marathon time at the 2002 Chicago Marathon (since broken). Culpepper is one of only three Americans in history to have run a sub-4-minute mile and also a sub 2:10 marathon.
Culpepper now produces running events for the Competitor Group, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons and Half-Marathons. He contributes to Competitor magazine and coaches runners through his Culpepper Coaching company. He lives near Boulder, Colorado with his wife, two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper, and their four children.
Culpepper grew up in El Paso, Texas, where he held five state championship titles in track and cross country; he still holds numerous El Paso city records some 25 years later. While studying at the University of Colorado–Boulder, he was an eight-time Division I All-American and earned a national title in the 5,000 meters at the 1996 NCAA Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. Alan graduated in 1996 with degrees in sociology and geography and was named the University of Colorado’s student-athlete of the year. In 2012, he was inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.
Over the course of his 12-year professional career, Alan proved to be one of the most consistent and versatile distance runners in American history. His success culminated with qualifying to represent the United States in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In the 2000 Sydney Games, he competed in the 10,000 meters, and in 2004 in Athens, he ran the marathon. In addition to his two Olympic showings, Alan was a seven-time U.S. national champion with two titles in cross country, five in track, and one in the marathon. He qualified to compete on four World Track & Field Championships teams as well as numerous World Cross Country Championships teams. In 2002, Alan ran his debut marathon in a time of 2:09:41,which at that time was the American debut record and placed him sixth in the Chicago Marathon. In only his second marathon, Alan won the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials and later that year went on to an impressive 12th place finish in the marathon at the Athens Olympic Games.
He continued a string of impressive performances, finishing fourth in the 2005 and fifth in the 2006 Boston Marathon. With a range of personal bests from 3:55.1 in the mile to 2:09:41 in the marathon, Alan has the best range of any American distance runner to date.
Olympic Team Member, 2004 and 2000
4th place, 2005 Boston Marathon
5th place, 2006 Boston Marathon
12th place, 2004 Olympic Marathon, Athens, Greece
Olympic Trials Marathon Champion, 2004
Marathon American debut record, 2002, 2:09:41
World Championships team member, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997
12K Cross Country U.S. national champion, 2007, 2003, 1999
10K U.S. national champion, 2003, 1999
5K U.S. national champion, 2002
8-time Division I NCAA All-American
5K Division I NCAA national champion, 1996
Personal record mile: 3:55.1
Personal record 5K: 13:25.6
Personal record 10K: 27:33.9
Personal record marathon: 2:09:41