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Karen Bertasso

Running Resume


 Team Affiliation: Willow Street

Recent Highlights  

  • 2nd overal female, Olympic Trials  Qualifier, 2018 Hartford Marathon  
  • 5th overall female, 2019 Eugene Marathon (2:45)
  • 33rd overall female, 4th American 2017 Berlin Marathon 
  • First place, course record 2018 & 2017 18.12 Challenge 
  • First place, course record, 2015- 1812 1/2 Marathon (Watertown, NY)
  • 3-time winner of the Troy Turkey Trot
  • Overall Women's winner of the 2015, 2016 & 2017 USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Racing Series
  • 4- time winner of the CDPHP Workforce Challenge
  • 2015 & 2014 winner of the Bridge of Flowers 10k
  • 3-time Champion Adirondack Distance Run (10 miler), 2014-5th fastest time in 38 year race history, fastest time since 1997 (Lake George, NY)
  • First American at the 2015 London Marathon, 37th overall female (London, UK)
  • Third place 2014 Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
  • 15th overall female 2014 USATF National 20k Championship (New Haven, CT)
  • 19th overall female 2016 USATF National Half Marathon Championship (Columbus, OH)


  • 5k: 17:29 (2015)
  • 10k: 36:18 (2015)
  • 15k: 55:39 (2014, 15k split during half marathon)
  • Half Marathon: 1:17:45 (2015)
  • Marathon: 2:43:46 (2018)



USATF LEVEL 1 coaching certification 

Assistant coach Dream Big project, Albany, NY

 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Worcester, MA   

  • Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, 2010

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA   

  • Masters in Medical Sciences, 2007

Union College, Schenectady, NY   

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, 2006

Medical Volunteer Ironman Lake Placid, NY

 NASS: North American Spine Society, November, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Brain Tumor Biotech Summit: Weill Cornell Brain and Spine, June, 2013, New York, NY.
Joint Commission of Joint Arthroplasty Conference: Hip and Knee Arthroscopy January 2012, Vail, CO.
 Saratoga Summer Sports Symposium: Sports  Medicine Conference, August 2011, Saratoga Springs, NY. 



My running journey over the past several years--training, races and random thoughts!

Where I Run


All my favorite routes in the area!

  • Amsterdam bike path- endless soft surface
  • Lions Park- flat, maintained path
  • Rail trail, Delmar 
  • SUNY Albany- great winter option, always plowed!
  • Schenectady bike path