Kathy Butler
Personal information
Born (1973-10-22) 22 October 1973 (age 48)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Kathy Butler (born 22 October 1973) is a long-distance runner who competes in the 10,000 metres and marathon, as well as cross country running and road running. Born in Scotland, she has competed internationally for both Great Britain and Canada.

Early life and collegiate career

Butler was born in Edinburgh of English parents and brought up in London until her parents emigrated to Ontario, Canada when she was 10.[1] She attended the University of Guelph, Canada before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, USA. In 2004, she was inducted into the University of Wisconsin hall of fame.[2] In 2005, she was inducted into the University of Guelph hall of fame.[3]

As a member of the cross country and track teams at the University of Wisconsin, Butler was a five-time NCAA Champion and a 13-time All-American. In the 1995-96 season, Butler received the Honda Sports Award, given to the top women in collegiate athletics.[4][5][6]


While in college she competed for Canada in the 5,000 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.[7] She finished seventh in her heat and did not advance to the final.

Great Britain

In 2000, she switched to competing internationally for Great Britain.[8]

In 2001, Butler finished 12th at the World Cross Country Championships (4 k race), won the European Cup 3000m [9] and also placed third in the 5,000 metres at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[10]

During the IAAF World Championships Olga Yegorova, who had shown positive for the blood-boosting agent erythropoietin in tests conducted by a Paris lab escaped suspension because procedures were improperly observed, her presence at the World Championships kept Butler out of the World Championship final.[11]

In 2002 Butler missed out on competing for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games after she was diagnosed with osteitis pubis.[12] In 2004, she finished 11th at the World Cross Country Championships (8 km race) in Brussels, winning a bronze medal with the British team. Running for Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Butler finished 12th in the 10,000 metres with a time of 31:41.13.[13]

In 2005 Butler won the meet at the Venta de Baños Cross Country.[14] Later in the year she debuted in the marathon with 2:30:01 at the Chicago Marathon.[15]

Butler competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, finishing 7th while representing Scotland.

Butler was an assistant coach at both Stanford University and University of Wisconsin.[4] Butler is now[when?] coached by former marathon world record holder Steve Jones.[16]

Personal life

In 1994 Butler was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a disorder of the thyroid gland.[1]

Butler has a maple leaf tattooed on her ankle, along with the five-ring Olympic insignia.[17]

Butler lives in Nederland, Colorado[18] in the United States. She is the track coach at Nederland High School.[19]

Competition record


1996 Atlanta Olympics

2004 Athens Olympics

Other events

Personal bests


  1. ^ a b https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2001/jul/31/athletics.duncanmackay Butler's service a boon for Britain
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Kathy Butler (2005) - Hall of Fame".
  4. ^ a b http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/tegen_peter00.html Archived 2013-01-24 at archive.today Peter Tegen Biography.
  5. ^ "Kathy Butler (2004) | University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Badgers. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Cross Country". CWSA. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  7. ^ http://www.olympic.ca/en/athletes/kathy-butler/ Canadian Olympic Committee.
  8. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Kathy Butler". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1395710.stm Butler's best of British
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/1524891.stm Goodwill glory for Yegorova
  11. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/bad-blood-keeps-butler-on-her-toes-doug-gillon-explains-why-one-of-scotland-s-top-athletes-is-wearing-a-red-ribbon-on-her-vest-1.165221 Bad blood keeps Butler on her toes Doug Gillon explains why one of Scotland's top athletes is wearing a red ribbon on her vest
  12. ^ http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=51 Butler Set For Return
  13. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/stan/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/08-ctrack-mediaguide-1-28.pdf Stanford Media guide
  14. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/4109809.stm Butler strikes gold in Spain
  15. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=b/athcode=70168/index.html IAAF Bio
  16. ^ http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=17&itemType=news&itemId=4803 Q&A with Steve Jones tonight at Scotstoun.
  17. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/3007814/Butler-shows-pedigree-with-very-un-British-win.html Butler shows pedigree with very un-British win .
  18. ^ http://www.fitnessgoop.com/2011/05/olympic-runner-kathy-butler-sets-her-sights-on-london-2012/ Olympic Runner Kathy Butler Sets Her Sights on London 2012.
  19. ^ http://www.bvsd.org/newsletter/Pages/5-24-11.aspx On the Inside
  20. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4084622.stm Butler retains AAA 10,000m crown