As a Minnesota native, I have always had a special interest in fellow Minnesotan Carrie Tollefson’s career. After a stellar collegiate running career at Villanova, she represented the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in Athens, competing in the 1500m.
Since then, Carrie has been busy as an ESPN2 analyst as well as a commentator for high profile races such as the NYC Marathon and last year’s Olympic Marathon Trials. More importantly, Carrie hosts a popular web series C Tolle Run along with a weekly podcast. Recent interviewees include Shalane Flanagan, Emma Coburn, and Gabe Grunewald. I admit I’m a huge fan and there’s nothing more motivating to me than listening to Carrie’s interviews out on the run.
Carrie also dedicates a lot of her time to encouraging the next generation of runners. Every summer, Carrie hosts a four-day competitive training camp for boys and girls in grades 7-12. In February of this year, Carrie was awarded a special merit award at National Girls and Women in Sports Day Minnesota. This award is given to individuals who are highly committed to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport.
I was excited to get the chance to chat with her about her running, the status of women’s race coverage, her goals, and of course all things Minnesota!