Jennifer "Jen" Rhines (born July 1, 1974 in Syracuse, New York) is an American long-distance runner who competes in track, cross country and road running events. She has competed in three different Summer Olympics and made 15 US Teams.

Jennifer Rhines
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Rhines at the 2007 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1974-07-01) July 1, 1974 (age 45)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000 m, cross country, marathon
College teamVillanova University
ClubThe Mission Athletics Club
Coached byTerrence Mahon
Achievements and titles
World finals2007 5000 m, 7th
Olympic finals2008 5000 m, 14th
Personal best(s)1,500 m: 4:09.52

5000 m: 14:54.29
10000 m: 31:17.31
half marathon: 1:08:07

marathon: 2:29:32

Rhines attended Villanova University as an undergraduate. While at Villanova, Rhines was a five-time NCAA individual champion: 5000 meters (1994, 1995, and 1996), 5000i meters (1995), and cross country (1994). As a post-collegiate professional runner, Rhines has won three USA 15K national titles (1998, 2005, 2011), a USA half-marathon championship (2011), and was USA 10,000 meter champion on the track in 2002. She competed in the women's 10,000 meters race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished 16th with a time of 31:26.66. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she competed in the women's marathon and finished the race in 34th place with a time of 2:43:52.[1]

Rhines qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by placing second in the 5000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.[2] She finished 14th in the 5000m Beijing final with a time of 16:34.63.[1] Rhines won the 2011 USA Half marathon title, with a time of 1:11:14 in Houston, TX.[3] Jen is coached by her husband Terrence Mahon.[4]

She was the first American to finish at the 2011 Carlsbad 5000, coming third in a time of 15:37 minutes for the 5 km race.[5] On March 28, 2015, Rhines making her 15th USA Team competed to 51st place in 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race after placing third at the 2015 USA Cross Country Championships.[6]

Rhines and Mahon left the BAA in December 2017 to start a coaching group at The Mission Athletics Club in California.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the   United States
2000 Olympic Games – 10,000m Sydney, Australia 16th 31:26.66
2004 Olympic Games – marathon Athens, Greece 34th 2:43:52
2008 Olympic Games – 5000m Beijing, China 14th 16:34.63


External linksEdit

  • Jennifer Rhines at World Athletics
  • Jen Rhines at USA Track & Field
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jen Rhines". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011.