|Brigham Young University|
Late-comer to the sport now competing in the marathon…
Louise Knudson grew up in small towns in Arizona and Idaho. She attended Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado Denver for nursing school. She was never part of a collegiate racing team in either track or cross country, but decided to attempt the Denver Marathon while in nursing school in 2006 (3:44:01) and again in 2007 (3:26:51). Upon graduation, she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to work at the University of Virginia Health System as a Thoracic Cardiovascular ICU nurse. She then joined the Charlottesville Track Club, and under the coaching of Mark Lorenzoni, was able to dramatically improve her marathon PR in both the Richmond Marathon 2008 (3:19:53) and the Boston Marathon 2009 (3:07:56). She was invited to train with Ragged Mountain Racing as a community member, where she further improved her marathon time under the collaborative coaching of Dana Thiele and Mark Lorenzoni, running 2:58:27 at the 2009 New York City Marathon, 2:51:27 at the 2010 Boston Marathon, 2:50.23 at the 2010 Chicago Marathon, 2:47:35 at the Cal International Marathon that December, and finally qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with her 2:42:42 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.