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Everything you need to know about Portland Olympic runner Galen Rupp

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Galen Rupp is a local icon!

Born in Portland, Oregon to Gregory and Jamie, Galen attended Central Catholic High School. Rupp was originally a soccer player, but caught the attention of Alberto Salazar, an American marathon runner, who coached Rupp to several junior and American High School records. 

Among those accomplishments includes back to back cross country titles in 2002 and 2003, three individual championships in track and field— the 3000 meter in 2003 and 2004, and the 1500 meter in 2004. Rupp also broke Oregon state records for the 1500 meter (3:45.3) and the mile (4:01.8). He competed nationally and internationally, finishing his high school career with a 10,000 meter race where he clocked in at 29:09.56 in Belgium, which was the fourth-fastest ever for an American high schooler. He was named the “High School Athlete of the Year" in 2004 by Track and Field News.

Rupp went on to attend the University of Oregon where he earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. In total, Rupp won two NCAA cross country team championships, an indoor championship and a relay championship. He won the 10,000 meter in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a 27:52.53 time. 

He was awarded Bowerman Award in 2009, which is given to college track's Athlete of the Year.

“I’m a proud Oregon boy. It’s a tremendous honor to represent this state, especially in a state that has such a rich tradition in distance running.”

Rupp is married to Keara Rupp. They have three children together, including twins who were born in 2014.

 

Rupp competed in the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He won the silver medal in the men's 10,000 meters in 2012 and the bronze in 2016 in the men’s marathon.

Here are a list of Rupp’s accomplishments, via TeamUSA:

Olympic Experience

  • Three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016); two-time Olympic medalist (silver, bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 5th (10,000m); bronze (marathon)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, silver (10,000m); 7th (5,000m)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 13th (10,000m)

World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2015 – 5th (5,000m, 10,000m)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2009 (10,000m); 2011 (5,000m, 10,000m); 2013 (5,000m, 10,000m); 2015 (5,000m, 10,000m, 5,000m); Indoor – 2010 (3,000m); 2014 (3,000m)
  • Top finish: 4th (10,000m) – 2013

Other Career Highlights

  • Three-time member of Team USA for World Outdoor Championships
  • Five-time USA Outdoor 10,000m champion
  • 2012 Olympic Games, silver medal in the 10,000m, 7th place in 5,000m
  • 2009 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m (14:04.12) and 10,000m (28:21.45)
  • Two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
  • 2008 Olympic Games, 13th in 10,000m
  • 2007 USA Outdoors 10,000m runner-up
  • 2005 USA Junior cross country champion (25:13)
  • 2004 National High School Athlete of the Year

He also won the 2017 Chicago Marathon, becoming the first American to do so since Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

“It’s an honor to continue with that legacy and hope to inspire future Oregonians that they can be Olympians themselves one day.”