Neely Gracey


Quick Facts

Date of Birth: April 16, 1990
Hometown: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Residence: Superior, Colorado.
College: Shippensburg University (2011)

Person Bests

3000m 9:10.82 (2011)
5000m 15:25.34 (2015)
10000m 32:16.51 (2012)
5km 15:34 (2012)
10km 32:51 (2012)
Half Marathon 1:09:59 (2015)
Marathon 2:34:55 (2016)

Career Highlights

  • 8-time NCAA DII Champion
  • NCAA DII Record-holder, 3000m, 5000m, 5000m(i)
  • 8th, 2016 New York City Marathon
  • 9th, 2016 Boston Marathon
  • 13th, 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
  • 2nd, 2015 US 10 Mile Championships
  • 2nd, 2012 US 5km Championships
  • 3rd, 2012 US 10km Championships
  • 3rd, 2015 US 15km Championships


To say that Neely Spence Gracey has running in her blood is an understatement. Not only is she the first daughter of Steve Spence, 1991 World Marathon Championships bronze medalist, but Neely was in fact born on Patriots Day 1990 while her father was competing in the Boston Marathon.

And since that day, running has been an integral part of Neely’s life.  A standout prep runner, Neely trained under her father both as a junior and as a collegiate athlete at Shippensburg University where she won eight national titles and still holds NCAA DII records at both 3000m and 5000m.

Since turning professional, Neely’s career has been on a consistent, upward trajectory. She was Team USA’s top placer at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the only American to finish in the top 20. In 2016, Neely made her marathon debut at the Boston Marathon, where she was the top American finisher and the only American in the top ten. Neely ended her 2016 with an impressive ninth place finish at the TCS New York City Marathon.

In 2018, Neely and her husband, Dillon, welcomed their first child, Athens.

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