Mary Julie Isphording (born December 5, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a retired female long-distance runner from the United States. She competed for her native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. However, she did not reach the finish line there. Isphording set her personal best in the classic distance (2:30:54) in 1989.
Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon, sculpted the 12-inch bronze figurines of a pony-tailed girl running that were given as trophies to Joan Benoit Samuelson, Julie Brown (athlete), and Isphording, the top three women marathoners at the US Olympic trials in 1984.[1][2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States Marathon DNF
1990 Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, United States 1st Marathon 2:32:25

See also


  1. ^ Musca, Michael (April 2008). "Finally, One for the Girls: The '84 Women's Olympic Trials Marathon". Running Times Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  2. ^ Creamer, Robert W. (May 28, 1984). "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-08-18.