Lara Crofford discovered a love for long distance running in high school. She was a NCAA Division 1 runner for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2007-2011, before attending Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she received her masters, became a Division III All-American, and started her coaching career.

Upon finishing her degree, she ran for two years in Providence, R.I. with NE Distance and Saucony, where she trained with a pair of athletes that recently represented Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics: Molly Huddle (sixth in the 10,000m run) and Amy Cragg (ninth in the marathon). 

After pursuing her goals as a professional runner for 2 years in Rhode Island, Lara realized she lacked balance in her life and missed helping others in pursuit of their goals and dreams.  She is now living the real dream as a NCAA Division I cross country/track & field coach for the University of Cincinnati, while also representing Nuun's Elite team and training with the ultimate goal of making USA and Olympic teams at the longer distances (10k-marathon). Lara encourages all those who are pursuing big goals to work hard, be smart, have faith, and go confidently in the direction of your dreams!

Lara and Amy @ the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Run (5th and 4th female, respectively)

Lara and Amy @ the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Run (5th and 4th female, respectively)

Race Highlights:


Flying Pig Half-Marathon, Cincinnati, OH--1st Female (1:20:21)

Heart Mini-Marathon 15k, Cincinnati, OH--1st Female (58:03)


Thanksgiving Day 10K, Cincinnati, OH--5th (37:56)

Little Kings Mile, Cincinnati, OH--1st (5:16)

5K Heart Race, Cincinnati, OH--1st (18:34)

Career Accomplishments:

NCAA Division III All-American at 10,000 meters 2008 

USA Olympic Trials Qualifier in 10000 meters 2008

3rd place finish in 5000 meters at 2008 USA Jr Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Six-time NCAA Division I National Qualifier Captain, University of Nebraska Track & Field Team 2010 Lincoln Women



1,500m, 4:33.53 

3,000m, 9:43.05 

5,000m, 16:27.73 

10,000m, 33:56.46 

Cross Country

6k, 20:17 


Mile, 4:54.03 

3,000m, 9:33.57 

5,000m, 16:28.84 (16:28.08-oversized)