Nancy Ditz Mosbacher
Personal information
Born (1954-06-25) June 25, 1954 (age 69)
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight122 lb (55 kg)
College teamStanford University '76
Coached byRod Dixon[1]
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
Athletics at the Summer Olympics
1988 Summer Olympics Marathon
IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships
Bronze medal – third place IAAF World 1985 Championships Gateshead 15 km
Bronze medal – third place IAAF World 1986 Championships Lisbon 15 km
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
1987 World Championships Marathon

Nancy Jane Ditz (born June 25, 1954 in San Jose, California) is a former American long-distance runner who is a United States national champion in the marathon.[2][3] Ditz competed in the marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

In her debut marathon, Ditz won the 1982 San Francisco Marathon (2:44:34).[4] She also set a course record at the 1985 California International Marathon with a time of 2:31:36.[5] Nancy worked to promote the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon with fellow Olympians Rod Dixon and Ed Eyestone.[6]

Nancy Ditz Mosbacher is a member of the 1988 United States Olympic team. She finished first among American (17th overall) in the Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon. Ditz Mosbacher graduated from Stanford while competing as a diver and crew member, and did not begin running competitively until age 25. Ditz's husband, Bruce Mosbacher, was a goalkeeper on the Stanford soccer team; their son, Jack Mosbacher, was a member of Stanford's baseball team; and daughter, Emily Mosbacher, was a member of the Harvard Women's Soccer Team.[7]

She quickly found herself naturally talented in the sport. In 1982, she won her debut marathon, the San Francisco Marathon in 2:44:34. In between her debut and making the Olympic team, Ditz Mosbacher won numerous road races, including the U.S. National Marathon Championships (1985), the Los Angeles Marathon (1986, 1987), the San Francisco Marathon (1982), the Oakland Marathon (1983), and Bay to Breakers (1984). In 1985, she set a course record at the California International Marathon with a time of 2:31:36. From the 1988 Summer Olympics, Ditz Mosbacher has been a color commentator for NBC and CBS Sports through the early 2000s. She has covered events such as the 1996 Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Track and Field Championships, and the 1994 Examiner Bay to Breakers earning her a spot in the 2019 Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame Class.[8]

Nancy has served on the boards of Castilleja School, USA Track & Field, World TEAM Sports, the Track & Field Foundation and the USOC Paralympic Advisory Committee (PAC), as well as several boards and committees at Stanford University.[9]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1982 San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, United States 1st Marathon 2:44:34
1985 California International Marathon Sacramento, United States 1st Marathon 2:31:36
1986 Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, United States 1st Marathon 2:36:27
1987 Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, United States 1st Marathon 2:35:24
World Championships Rome, Italy 7th Marathon 2:34:54
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 17th Marathon 2:33:42


  1. ^ Rod Dixon Interview Inside Running Podcast
  2. ^ Stats of USA Marathon Champions USATF
  3. ^ US National Championship Marathon page Association of Road Racing Statisticians
  4. ^ 1982 Marathon ranking
  5. ^ "CIM History". Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  6. ^ Marathon Legends at the Expo Los Angeles Marathon News
  7. ^ Nancy Ditz US Olympic Committee
  8. ^ Introducing the 2019 RRCA Hall of Fame Inductees and 2018 National Running Award Recipients Road Runners Club of America
  9. ^ The Saw Island Foundation
Sporting positions Preceded by Laurie Binder San Francisco Marathon - Women's Winner 1982 Succeeded by Janis Klecker