Linda Somers

Linda Somers
Personal information
Born (1961-05-07) May 7, 1961 (age 61)
Bitburg, Germany
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight47.5 kg (105 lb)
Event(s)Cross Country, Marathon
TeamAsics Aggies
Turned pro1984
Achievements and titles
World finals1995, Marathon, 7th
National finals1993, Marathon, 1st
1994, Marathon, 1st
Olympic finals1996, Marathon, 31st

Linda Somers-Smith (born May 7, 1961 in Bitburg Air Force Base, Rhineland-Palatinate) is an American long-distance runner who is a two-time United States national champion in the marathon.[1][2] Somers competed in the marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She also won the 1992 Chicago Marathon (2:37:41) and the 1993 California International Marathon (2:34:11).[3] Somers is notable as she is one of the very few athletes who has continued running at the elite level since she turned Pro in 1984 into the transition to Masters athlete. She continues to win and place in Open competition, even at the age of 50, all the while as a practicing attorney.

She has run in seven US Olympic Trials Marathons and in the 2008 Boston venue she set the United States 45-49 age group record (2:38:49)* placing 17th. She continues to show impressive results, placing sixth in the Open US Club Nationals Cross Country meet in 2009* (Lexington, KY), and setting age group road records in the 5K (16:14, San Jose 11/26/2009)*, the 10k (33:39, Paso Robles, CA 9/26/2010), 10 Miles (57:07 Redding, CA 3/6/2010) and the Half Marathon (1:13:32, Rock 'n Roll San Jose Half Marathon, CA 10/3/2010).

Somers qualified for her seventh consecutive US Olympic Trials A Standard, a record number, while winning the Masters title (sixth place overall finish ) in the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon (2:36:33). On January 14, 2012, at the age of 50, she finished in 28th place at the USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston with a time of 2:37:36, another American Age Group Record.

Somers was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Hall of Fame on March 17, 2012. Later in 2012 she was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.[4]

US road running Records

Age 45+

  • 5 km - 16:14 (November 2009)
  • 10 miles - 57:09 (March 2010)
  • 20 km - 69:42 (October 2010)
  • Half-marathon - 73:32 (October 2010)
  • 30 km - 1:52:44 (April 2008)

Age 50+

  • World age 50+ Half-marathon record - 75:18 (October 2011)
  • Marathon - 2:37:36 (January 2012)

As of 2017


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1992 Houston Marathon (US Olympic Trial) Houston, United States 16th Marathon 2:39:50
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:37:41
1993 California International Marathon Sacramento, United States 1st Marathon 2:34:11
1994 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1st Marathon 2:33:42
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th Marathon 2:32:12
1996 US Olympic Trial Columbia, United States 2nd Marathon 2:30:06 (PB)
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 31st Marathon 2:36:58
2004 US Olympic Trial St Louis, United States 10th Marathon 2:37:28
2008 US Olympic Trial Boston, United States 17th Marathon 2:38:49
2012 US Olympic Trial Houston, United States 28th marathon 2:37:36


  1. ^ "USA Track & Field - USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions". Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  2. ^ "Untitled".
  3. ^ "CIM History". Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  4. ^ "USATF - Masters Hall of Fame".

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