Carrie was born and raised in Dawson, Minnesota. Her running career started in middle school and by the time she graduated high school, she earned 13 State Championships: eight in track and five in cross country. Her five cross country titles established a national record for most consecutive titles, which still stands to this day.
Carrie then went to Villanova University, where she won five individual NCAA championships and was a member of the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. In 1998, Carrie was named NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and was the first person in NCAA history to win both the 3k and 5k.
After college, Carrie began a prolific professional career, earning three National Championship titles (USATF Cross Country 4k, USATF Indoor Championships 3k and the USATF Olympic Trials 1500m). After winning the trials in 2004, she earned the right to represent her country in Athens, Greece in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
Currently, she lives and trains in her home state of Minnesota where she hopes to encourage and motivate those willing to GET AFTER IT in life through her public speaking & training camps for youth and adults.
Carrie was voted the Fourth Most Beautiful Athlete in the World by Sports Illustrated in 2006 and has graced the cover of numerous magazines, including Track & Field News, Running Times, and, most notably, four covers of Runner’s World.
In addition to her on-camera work with C Tolle Run, Carrie does media coverage for the New York Road Runners and the ING New York City Marathon. She is a commentator/announcer for several national events, including the Twin Cities Marathon, Foot Locker Nationals and the Adidas Grand Prix. Carrie is also the proud spokesperson for Minnesota Grown.
Visit www.carrietollefson.com to learn more about Carrie or to get in touch with her.