Alisa Harvey is a Northern Virginia native. Since her high school days at Thomas Jefferson she has dedicated her life to athletics. She attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) for college where she was the 1986 NCAA Champion in the 1500M, a 9-time All-American, and received her BA in Speech Communications in 1988. In 2006, she was inducted into the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Alisa was the 1991 Pan-American Games Gold Medalist (1500m) and Silver Medalist (800m). She was the 800 meter and 1500 meter champion at the 2007 U.S. Masters Outdoor T&F Championships, where she was also named USA Track & Field 2007 Masters Athlete of the Year. She is the World Record Holder of the indoor Masters mile (4:47.26) and holds the following U.S. Masters records: 2:07.57 for 800 meters, 4:46.29 for the mile outdoors, 2:05.75 for 800 meters, and 4:26.18 for 1500 meters indoors.
In addition to the track, Alisa enjoys racing on the roads in any distance from 5K to Marathon. She is a four-time winner of the Army Ten-Miler and posted a person best of 2:49.26 at the 1999 Richmond Marathon. Alisa is married to Les McFarling and the mother of two daughters, Virginia and Kyah. In addition to working part-time at The Running Store, she also writes "On The Track" articles for The Washington Running Report and continues to compete as an Elite Masters runner.