Jenny Simpson

Jenny Simpson USA

Since 2011, Simpson has competed annually in the thrilling New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, and is a seven-time winner of the event, having taken the tape in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In her 2017 record-extending title-wining race, Simpson tied the event record of 4:16.6 set by PattiSue Plumer in 1990. She is also the Ambassador and Special Advisor to Rising New York Road Runners, the organization's free youth running program.

A former American record-holder at the 3000-meter steeplechase, Simpson placed ninth in that event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and fifth at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Since shifting her focus to the 1500 meters, the New Balance athlete has garnered tremendous success at the distance, and most recently claimed the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Previously, Simpson had earned two IAAF World Championships medals in the 1500, following her gold-medal performance in 2011 with a silver medal in 2013. Simpson has become the third fastest American all-time in the 1500 meters after her 3:57.22 performance at the Areva Diamond League meet in 2014. The performance helped her claim the title of 2014 Diamond League champion for the event.

Before turning pro, Simpson had an impressive collegiate career at the University of Colorado where she was the inaugural winner of the 2009 Bowerman Athlete of the Year Award. During her time as a student-athlete she set NCAA records in distances from 1500 meters to 5000 meters and was multi-time All-American.

  • Date of Birth Aug 22, 1986
  • Age 33
  • Gender Female
  • Country USA
  • Residence Boulder, CO, USA


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2017 IAAF World Championships 1500m 4:02.76 2nd
2016  Rio Olympics Games 1500m 4:10.53 3rd
2016  U.S. Olympic Trials 1500m 4:07.74 1st
2013  USATF Outdoor Championships 5000m 14:56.26 1st
2013  IAAF World Championships 1500m 4:02.99 2nd
2012   London Olympic Games 1500m 4:06.89 22nd
2011 IAAF World Championships 1500m 4:05.40 1st 
2009  IAAF World Championships 3000m Steeplechase
9:12.50 5th
 2008   Beijing Olympic Games 3000m Steeplechase 9:22.26 9th


Year Event Place Time
2019 2019 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 1 0:04:17
2019 2019 NYRR Virtual World Championship 5K 5 0:18:46
2019 2019 NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M 73 0:06:32
2018 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 1 0:04:19
2018 NYRR Virtual For the Kids 5K Benefiting Rising New York Road Runners 95 0:26:58
2017 2017 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 1 0:04:17
2016 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 1 0:04:19
2015 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile 1 0:04:29
2014 2014 Fifth Avenue Mile Professional Women 1 0:04:19
2013 Fifth Avenue Mile Professional Women 1 0:04:19
2012 Fifth Avenue Mile Professional Women 8 0:04:30
2011 Fifth Avenue Mile - Professional Women 1 0:04:22

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