Julie Brown
Personal information
Full nameJulie Ann Brown
Born (1955-02-04) February 4, 1955 (age 67)
Billings, Montana
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight108 lb (49 kg)
Event(s)800m--2:00.8, 1500m--4:06.4, Mile--4:30.23, 3000m--8:58.27, 5000m--15:39.5, cross-country-(No time), marathon--2:26:24[1]

Julie Ann Brown (born February 4, 1955)[2] is an American retired distance runner. She won the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 1975 and represented the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics in the women's marathon, placing 36th.[3]

Brown set the American women's marathon record at the Nike OTC Marathon in 1978, running 2:36:23.[4]

Brown concentrated on track and cross-country running prior to the Olympic trials but a victory in the Avon Women's Marathon in 1983 convinced her that she could qualify for the Olympic marathon team. She ran a conservative race staying in the pack until the midway point and broke away finishing second, 37 seconds behind the Olympic trials winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson.[5] She broke the 10,000 metres world record setting a time of 35:00.4 minutes in 1975.[6]

After her track career, Brown received her J.D. from Western State University and, joined a law firm as an attorney.[7]

High school

Brown was born in Billings, Montana,[2] and competed in a variety of distance events winning several state championships while attending Billings Senior High School.[7] She competed in the 880-yard run winning the state championship for three years in a row starting in 1970. She still holds the All-State record with an 880-yard time of 2:11.0.[7] She also won two 440-yard run championships and in her senior year, she was state cross-country champion as well.[7]


Brown started at the University of California, Los Angeles before switching to California State University, Northridge.[8] As a college athlete she won Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national championships in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 3000 meters, and cross-country. She also won Amateur Athletic Union national titles in the 1500 meters, 3000 meters, cross-country, and marathon, as well as winning The Athletics Congress national titles in 3000 meters, cross-country, and marathon.[7]


Brown won an IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 1975; the first American woman to do so.[2][9] She won the race in a time of 13:42, five seconds ahead of Bronislawa Ludwichowska from Poland.[10]

At the 1979 Pan American Games, Brown won three silver medals,[11] taking second place in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters.[12][13][14]

Brown qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics in the 800 meters and 1500 meters but did not compete due to the boycott of the Olympics.[15] She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead.[16] She did compete in the 1984 Olympics in the marathon, placing 36th.

Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon, sculpted three 12-inch bronze figurines of a running pony-tailed girl that were given as trophies to Joan Benoit Samuelson, Julie Brown, and Julie Isphording, the top three women marathoners at the US Olympic trials in 1984.[5][17]

She entered the marathon at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics, but failed to finish the competition.[18]


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  3. ^ Moran, Malcolm (6 August 1984). "Marathon - Gonzales Fans' Olympic Trip Plan Backfires". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. p. 7B. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
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  6. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 643. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Julie Ann Brown" (PDF). MHSA.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  8. ^ Ortega, John (September 11, 1994). "Cal State Northridge All-time Track And Field Leaders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Bloom, Marc (24 March 1990). "CROSS-COUNTRY; Running Up the Credentials". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  10. ^ "38th IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Facts & Figures Facts" (PDF). iaaf.org. International Association of Athletic Federations. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  11. ^ Green, Bob (4 September 1979). "Full U.S. Team Enters University Games". The Virgin Islands Daily. Retrieved 14 July 2010.[dead link]
  12. ^ "American Men Take Pan American Gold". Star-News. 14 July 1979. pp. 1–C. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  13. ^ McMane, Fred (8 July 1979). "Swimmingly - U.S. Still Dominating Pan Am Competition". Beaver County times. pp. C-2. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  14. ^ Robinson, James (10 July 1979). "Robinson Defeats Juantorena In 800". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. pp. B4. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  15. ^ Fachet, Robert (27 June 1984). "Olympic Trials Provide Emotional Wins, Losses". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 28. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  16. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  17. ^ Creamer, Robert W. (May 28, 1984). "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  18. ^ Women Marathon World Championship 1983 Helsinki (FIN) - Sunday 07.08 Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine. Todor. Retrieved on 2015-03-28.