Kassie Parker just finished one of the most successful NCAA DIII careers on record. On the indoor and outdoor track and in cross country, racing for Loras College, she set records, helped her team reach its first national title, and won numerous national titles herself.

Parker graduated in May 2023 and immediately moved into her pro career. She ran her first post-collegiate pro-elite race at the USATF 6km National Championships, earning a solid eighth place. Then, she set her sights on the Bix 7, this year the 7-mile USATF National Championships, which took place on July 29, 2023, in Davenport, Iowa.

Kassie tells the story of her incredible collegiate career and then, how it all went down at the 7-mile champs. She also announces her next big move, becoming a member of the Hansons Brooks ODP Professional Running Team.

The USATF 7-mile National Championships is a part of the championship series of races, for various different distances, that happen around the country throughout the year. Racers earn points based on finishing places that go toward the overall series placing. The top three places after the 7-mile champs are Ednah Kurgat, Nell Rojas, and Emma Grace Hurley, each of whom have been featured in our Race Report episodes this year.

You can catch up on earlier road races in the series through our Race Reports. Each report features one runner’s perspective on how it all went down.

Stay tuned for the next race in the series, the USATF 20km National Championships taking place in New Haven, CT, September 4, 2023.

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