Athlete Bios

Heather Kampf

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:36:30
Qualifying Race: 2023 California International Marathon

Heather Kampf
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Minneapolis, MN


Inver Grove Heights, MN

High School

Rosemount High School

Current Affiliation

Mill City Running


Operations and Client Services at financial advisory firm

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2008 (800m), 2012 (800/1500m), 2016 (1500m), 2021 (1500m)

Number of attempts to qualify



University of Minnesota

Career Highlights
4-time USATF Road Mile Champion; 2006 NCAA Indoor Champion, 800m; 9-time All-American; contributed to six Big Ten Team Titles for the Gophers
Fur children Ellie (shepherd mix) and Dewey (Pomeranian). Partner Nate trained for my first marathon with me; believed it was possible for me to qualify for my 5th Trials in a much longer event even more than I did.
Greatest Accomplishment
Remaining resilient in the face of adversity, whether it be my infamous 2008 Big Ten 600m race, where I fell with 200m to go and came back to win my heat, or remaining hopeful through the journey of a divorce, advocating for the life I thought I deserved and openly sharing my experience to help others going through similar circumstances feel less alone.
Interesting Story
From 2008 to 2024, I qualified for five Olympic Trials, but I think it’s funny the distance I’m running in Orlando is more than 50 times the race distance of my first Trials appearance in the 800m.
Favorite Book

My favorite is whatever I just read … excited to read “The Book of Delights” next.

Favorite Movie

Seabiscuit, Pitch Perfect

Favorite TV Show/Series

Game of Thrones

Favorite Song

Paint the Town Red

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Root beer or chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Breakfast

Splitting sweet and savory with a friend- pancakes and a good hash

Favorite Motivational Quote
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine
Favorite Running Memory
All my favorite running memories are running in big groups, outside in nature, swapping stores and barely noticing the miles clip by.