Julie Shea is a runner and politician. While at Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, she was the first Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1977 While in track and field at North Carolina State she became, in 1980 and 1981, the only female athlete honored with the Anthony J. McKevlin Award noting athlete of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. (In 1990, the award began to be awarded only to male athletes and a separate award was started to honor women.)
In 1980, she won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's best female collegiate track and field athlete and the same award for cross country in 1981. In addition, she was awarded the Broderick Cup, given to the nation's best female collegiate athlete.
Her national record for female high-school mile was unbroken until 2012 when Wesley Frazier beat it.
Shea was part of the inaugural class of the NC State Hall of Athletic Fame.
In the 1990s, Shea was thrice elected to Raleigh City Council.
She currently coaches CoolKidsRun in Raleigh.