Jennifer Rhines
Rhines at the 2007 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1974-07-01) July 1, 1974 (age 49)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000 m, cross country, marathon
College teamVillanova University
ClubThe Mission Athletics Club
Coached byTerrence Mahon
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2008 5000 m, 14th
World finals2007 5000 m, 7th
Personal best(s)1,500 m: 4:09.52

5000 m: 14:54.29
10000 m: 31:17.31
half marathon: 1:08:07

marathon: 2:29:32

Jennifer Rhines (born July 1, 1974 in Syracuse, New York) is an American long-distance runner who competes in track, cross country and road running events. She has competed in three different Summer Olympics[1] and made 15 US Teams.

Rhines attended Villanova University as an undergraduate. While at Villanova, Rhines was a five-time NCAA individual champion: 5000 meters (1994, 1995, and 1996), 5000i meters (1995), and cross country (1994). She won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top female cross country runner in 1994–95.[2][3]

As a post-collegiate professional runner, Rhines has won three USA 15K national titles (1998, 2005, 2011), a USA half-marathon championship (2011), and was the USA 10,000 meter champion on the track in 2002. She competed in the women's 10,000 meters race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished 16th in her semi-final with a time of 34:08.28. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she competed in the women's marathon and finished the race in 34th place with a time of 2:43:52.[4]

Rhines qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by placing second in the 5000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.[5] She finished 14th in the 5000m Beijing final with a time of 16:34.63.[4] Rhines won the 2011 USA Half marathon title, with a time of 1:11:14 in Houston, TX.[6] Jen is coached by her husband Terrence Mahon.[7]

She was the first American to finish at the 2011 Carlsbad 5000, coming third in a time of 15:37 minutes for the 5 km race.[8] On March 28, 2015, Rhines made her 15th USA Team after placing third at the 2015 USA Cross Country Championships.[9] She came in 51st place in the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

Rhines and Mahon left the Boston Athletic Association in December 2017 to start a coaching group at The Mission Athletics Club in California. As of January 2020, this has been rebranded as the Golden Coast Track Club. [10]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
2000 Olympic Games – 10,000m Sydney, Australia 16th (sf) 34:08.28
2004 Olympic Games – marathon Athens, Greece 34th 2:43:52
2008 Olympic Games – 5000m Beijing, China 14th 16:34.63


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jen Rhines". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Villanova Athletics' Academic History". Villanova University Athletics. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Cross Country". CWSA. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b " - Athletes - Rhines Jennifer Biography". Archived from the original on May 7, 2008.
  5. ^ U.S. Olympic Trials Day 6 results
  6. ^ 2011 USA Half Marathon Championship USATF
  7. ^ Terrence Mahon to coach BAA in 2011 Runner's World
  8. ^ Cruz, Dan (April 4, 2011). Gebremeskel and Kiros take Carlsbad 5Km victories. IAAF. Retrieved on April 9, 2011.
  9. ^ 2015 USA Cross Championship results USATF
  10. ^ "WELLNESS COACH & FOUNDER Jen Rhines". Retrieved March 18, 2023.