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Carrie Anne Tollefson (born January 18, 1977 in Dawson, Minnesota)[1] is an American middle distance runner who was on the US 2004 Summer Olympic team.

Carrie Tollefson
Carrie Tollefson ING New York City Marathon 2011.jpg
Tollefson at the 2011 New York City Marathon
Personal information
Full nameCarrie Anne Tollefson
BornJanuary 18, 1977 (1977-01-18) (age 42)
Dawson, Minnesota, U.S.

Tollefson ran collegiately at Villanova University where she won the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships and the 1999 NCAA Outdoor and Indoor 3000 meters and Outdoor 5000 meters. She graduated from Villanova with a communications degree in 1999. At the US Olympic Trials in 2004, she won the 1500 meters. She competed in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games, making it to the semis in the 1500 meters. In 2004, she was ranked #1 nationally by Track and Field News.

In 2006, she won the 4K race at the USA Cross Country Championships, took the 3000 meters US Indoor National Championships and was ranked #5 nationally at the end of the season. Tollefson finished 7th in 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Women's 3000 metres.

Post-competition careerEdit

Tollefson holds a summer distance camp at St. Catherine University for teens. She is currently the Global Reebok Running Ambassador and hosts a weekly online show called C Tolle Run.

In September 2013 Carrie (now Tollefsen-Peterson) was inducted into the USA Track and Field Minnesota Hall of Fame in Maple Grove.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Carrie Tollefson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.