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Mark Nenow (born November 16, 1957) is a retired long-distance runner from the United States. He ran an American record in the 10,000 meters, with a result of 27 minutes, 20.56 seconds in Brussels, Belgium on September 5, 1986; it stood as a national record until May 4, 2001.

Mark Nenow
Personal information
Born (1957-11-16) November 16, 1957 (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
SportTrack, long-distance running
Event(s)5000 meters, 10,000 meters, marathon
College teamKentucky
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 meters: 7:43.01[1]
5000 meters: 13:18.54[1]
10,000 meters: 27:20.56[1] Marathon: 2:14:21[1]

Running careerEdit

Nenow attended Anoka High School in Minnesota. Although he did not take up running until his upper-class years in high school, he graduated from Anoka with personal-best times of 4:22 in the mile and 9:17 in the 2-mile.[2] He subsequently attended and ran with University of Kentucky, with whom he competed in cross country and track and field. He spent much of his time in Kentucky following a high-mileage protocol, often running 140 miles per week.[3] As a senior undergrad at Kentucky he qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1980 (even though the US ended up boycotting the 1980 Summer Olympics). He ran professionally for Nike, Puma, and ASICS.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the   United States
1981 World Cross Country Championships Madrid, Spain 2nd Team
1983 Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 3rd 10,000 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th 10,000 m


  1. ^ a b c d All-Athletics. "Profile of Mark Nenow".
  2. ^ Eder, Larry. "A Runner Looks at Fifty: Thoughts on Mark Nenow".
  3. ^ Metzler, Brian (August 9, 2011). "25 Laps, 25 Years Later". p. 2.
  4. ^ Metzler, Brian (August 9, 2011). "25 Laps, 25 Years Later". p. 3.

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