Elite runner, broadcaster and Moms on the Run National Fitness Director

As National Fitness Director for Moms on the Run, Olympian Carrie Tollefson oversees all fitness programming and destination events. Carrie’s energy and passion for the sport of running are contagious.

“My two favorite things in life are being a mom and running,” Tollefson shared. “What I love most about being a part of Moms on the Run is this is a group of goal-driven women who are passionate about being physically fit so they can be good moms and strong women.”

Tollefon’s running career is impressive. Born and raised in the small town of Dawson, Minn., she was a 13-time state champion in high school: eight in track and five in cross country. Her record of most consecutive cross-country titles still stands today. Tollefson competed at Villanova University, where she was a 5-time NCAA Champion and the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. In her post collegiate career, she won three national championships and earned the number one spot in the country in 2004 after winning the 1500-meter at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She represented the U.S. that same year in the Olympic games in Athens, making it to the semis.

In addition to her role at Moms on the Run, Tollefson has worked on-camera with ESPN, NBC, NBCSN, ABC and USATF.tv. She is a commentator for several national and international events, including the New York City, Boston, Chicago, Twin Cities and Grandma’s marathons; track and field championships; and Olympics.

She also runs a weekly podcast at C Tolle Run.com. Tollefson lives and trains in Minnesota with her husband Charlie and their three children: Ruby, Everett and Greer.

Olympian Carrie Tollefson with a megaphone at the annual MOTR 5K/10K/Kids Race
Colorful shirts on runners at end of race
2023 Chicago Marathon News Team

Carrie (center right) commentating at Chicago Marathon.

Olympian Carrie Tollefson with Kids Run by Moms on the Run

Kids “Run with an Olympian” at our annual Moms on the Run 5K/10K.

Carrie with boxes of shoes

Carrie poses in front of the awesome Adidas swag at Run the Coast, one of our annual destination run weekends.