Over the course of his 10 year professional career Alan proved to be one of the most consistent and versatile distance runners in American history. Alan got his start as a runner at the age of 12 while growing up in El Paso, Texas. Although he enjoyed other sports throughout his childhood he quickly learned that his talents were best expressed in the sport of distance running. While in High School Alan set city and district records that still stand in El Paso and won 5 Texas State titles. After High School he decided on the University of Colorado in Boulder as the place to continue his studies and progression as an athlete. While at Colorado he was an 8 Time All American and NCAA 5k Champion in 1996.
As a professional Alan was fortunate to qualify for 2 Olympic Teams. In 2000 he represented the United States in the 10k in Sydney and in 2004 he ran the Olympic Marathon in historic Athens Greece. Alan is a multiple time sub-four minute miler, with a personal best of 3:55 and is accomplished in distances ranging from 5k to the Marathon. In 2002 Alan ran his debut Marathon in a time of 2:09:41 which at that time was the American Debut Record. In only his second marathon Alan won the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials and later that year went on to finish an impressive 12th place in the Olympic Games. He also finished top five in the prestigious Boston Marathon on two occasions, 4th in 2005 and 5th in 2006. He is a 7 time National Champion in Track and Cross County and has personal bests of 13:25 in the 5k and 27:33 for the 10K. Along with two Olympic Teams, he also qualified 4 times for the World Championship Team.
- 5 Time Texas High School State Champion
- First Team High School Cross Country All American
- 4th Place Finish at Kinney High School Cross Country Championships (1991)
- 8 Time NCAA Division I All American
- 1996 NCAA 5K National Champion
- United States Olympian (10K in 2000 & Marathon in 2004)
- Olympic Trials Marathon Champion (2004)
- 7 Time USA National Champion in Track and Cross Country
- Boston Marathon (4th 2005, 5th 2006)
- Chicago Marathon (6th 2002)
- 3:55.1 Personal Best Mile
- 13:25.6 Personal Best 5k
- 27:33.7 Personal Best 10k
- 2:09:41 Personal Best Marathon
Alan is married to fellow two time Olympian Shayne Culpepper. They met while at the University of Colorado and have been married for 14 years while residing in Colorado with their four children. In 2004 Shayne won the Olympic Trials 5k in thrilling fashion, in doing so she qualified for her second Olympic team to compliment her 2000 Sydney Olympic berth. She solidified her standing internationally by winning the Bronze Medal at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Shayne has won multiple Indoor National titles, has a personal best of 4:05 for 1500m and 15:01 for 5k and has the great distinction of accomplishing all this while also having four boys along the way.