Kim Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest before raising her two daughters in Spokane, Washington, and now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Jon Sinclair. Jones began running marathons after watching Joan Benoit Samuelson’s victory at the 1984 Los Angels Olympics on television. Her rise to one of the best marathoners in the world was swift and by the following year she had run 2:35 to finish 2nd at the Twin Cities Marathon. Jones would go on to win Twin Cities twice in both ’86 and ’89 and was ranked 3rd in the World in 1991. Throughout her career, Kim was one of the most dominant distance runners in the world finishing on the podium in Boston 3 times, finishing runner-up at New York and Houston twice, as well as posting runner-up finishes at Chicago and Berlin. She has more high-level placings in world-class marathons than any other US female marathoner in history with 17 performances under 2:33.
Since retiring from competition in 1998, she has been a coach with Anaerobic Management, an on-line coaching service for distance runners, as well as a speaker at special events, road races and expos. She is a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame and Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Kim Jones won the “Track and Field Writers of America” 2012 Book of the Year Award for Dandelion Growing Wild, an incredible autobiography that follows Kim through a childhood plagued by tragedy to being one of the best distance runners in the world.