Jorge Torres
Personal information
Born (1980-08-22) August 22, 1980 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight123 lb (56 kg)
SportAthletics, long-distance running
Event(s)5000 meters, 10,000 meters, marathon
College teamColorado
Coached byMark Wetmore
Brad Hudson[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1500 meters: 3:41.29[2]
Mile: 4:02.62[2]
3000 meters: 7:52.15[2]
5000 meters: 13:20.57[2]
10,000 meters: 27:42.91[2]
Marathon: 2:13:00[2]

Jorge Torres (born August 22, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American long-distance and cross-country runner.[3] He is a three-time runner-up at the U.S. Cross-Country Championships (2005, 2006, and 2008), a 2002 NCAA Cross Country Champion, and a 2006 U.S. Outdoor Champion for the 10,000 meters.[1][4]

Running career

Early career

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois by Mexican immigrants, Torres began running with his twin brother Eduardo at the age of eleven. He won the cross-country race at the 1998 Foot Locker National Championships in Orlando, Florida, and added three more titles in his category from numerous state high school tournaments.[5] Jorge is one of only two boys ever to run in four Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.[6]


Four years later, Torres captured his first ever national title at the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a course record time of 29:04.70.[7]


Torres graduated from University of Colorado in the spring of 2003. By the summer of 2003, Torres placed third in the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and followed it with a fifteenth-place finish at the IAAF World Championships in Paris, France, clocking at 13:43.37.[8]

Although he missed out the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, Torres continued to build success and more importantly, improved his best possible marks in the long-distance and cross-country running. He highlighted his 2005 track campaign by posting a personal best time of 13:20.57 in the 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open in Palo Alto, California.[9] He also enjoyed a strong cross-country season by winning a silver medal in the men's 12 km race at the U.S. national championships, and by placing fourth in the 4 km race.[1]

Torres found a new success in long-distance running by winning the 10,000 meters at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a personal best time of 28:14.43, four seconds ahead of runner-up and Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (28:18.74).[10] On April 29, 2007, Torres extended his personal best to 27:42.91, when he finished fifth in the same distance at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto.[1]

The following year, Torres and his twin brother Eduardo competed against each other at the USA Track & Field Cross Country Championships in Mission Bay, San Diego, California. He finished the men's race in second place by twenty-six seconds behind winner Dathan Ritzenhein, with a time of 35 minutes and 31 seconds. His brother Eduardo, on the other hand, placed ninth, at approximately 36 minutes.[11] Torres qualified for the 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he placed nineteenth in the men's race, with a time of 36:03.[12]

Torres earned a spot on the U.S. team for his first Olympics, by placing third in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, with a time of 27:46.33.[13][14] Eduardo also qualified for the same distance as his twin brother, but finished the race abruptly in eleventh place.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Torres competed as a member of U.S. track and field team in the men's 10,000 meters, along with his teammates Abdi Abdirahman and Galen Rupp. He finished the race in twenty-fifth place by four hundredths of a second (0.04) ahead of India's Surendra Kumar Singh, with a time of 28:13.93.[15]

A year after the Olympics, Torres began his transition of becoming a marathon runner.[16] He ran his first half-marathon at the Great North Run in London, with an impressive time of 1:02:42. Few weeks later, Torres made his official debut in a full distance, and set a personal best time of 2:13:00 at the 2009 New York Marathon, finishing in seventh place.[17]

In 2022, Torres was selected to be the team captain for the Midwest team[18] at the 2022 Champs Sports Cross Country National Championships (Previously the Eastbay Cross Country Championships, and prior to that it was the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships). While he did not run, the Midwest team won the meet with 18 points, 43 points ahead of the second team, Northwest.

Personal bests

Event Best Venue Year Notes
1500 meters 3:41.29 Eugene, Oregon, United States June 19, 2004
1 mile 4:02.62 Walnut, California, United States April 21, 2002
3000 meters 7:52.15 Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2003
5000 meters 13:20.57 Palo Alto, California, United States May 29, 2005
10,000 meters 27:42.91 Palo Alto, California, United States April 29, 2007
Marathon 2:13:00 New York, New York, United States November 1, 2009

Achievement chronology


  1. ^ a b c d e "USATF – Jorge Torres". USA Track & Field. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f All-Athletics. "Profile of Jorge Torres".
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jorge Torres". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Global Athletics – Jorge Torres". Global Athletics. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Garcia, Marlen (December 6, 1998). "Runner Jorge Torres: A Coach's Best Friend". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Graydon Morris 2nd Boy To Qualify For 4 Foot Locker Finals". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Plus: Cross Country; Flanagan and Torres Win N.C.A.A. Titles". New York Times. November 26, 2002. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Meyer, John (July 6, 2008). "Dream trip to Beijing Olympics on tap for ex-CU star". Denver Post. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Surber, Tom (May 29, 2005). "Kidane sets U.S. All-Comers record at Payton Jordan U.S. Open". USA Track & Field. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "USATF Champs Friday Report". Track & Field News. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  11. ^ Lee, Kirby (February 17, 2008). "Ritzenhein, Flanagan dominant at USA Cross Country Championships". IAAF. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "McGregor and Torres head USA team for 2008 World Cross Country". IAAF. March 21, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  13. ^ Dunaway, James (July 4, 2008). "Goucher upsets Flanagan in the 5000m - US Olympic Trials, Day 6". IAAF. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  14. ^ Hersh, Phillip (July 6, 2008). "Torres runs down dream". IAAF. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "Men's 10,000m Final". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on August 21, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  16. ^ Larkin, Duncan (October 28, 2009). "Jorge Torres on His Marathon Debut at New York". Running Times. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  17. ^ Latter, Phil (November 16, 2011). "Twist of Fate". Running Times. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  18. ^ Champs Sports Cross Country Championships, retrieved December 12, 2022, found at the 1:55:12 mark in the video