Athlete Bios

Matt Gillette

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:57
Qualifying Race: 2022 Edinburgh Marathon

Matt Gillette
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Allentown, PA


Allentown, PA

High School

Parkland High School

Current Affiliation

Garden State Track Club


Buyer/Planner - Hydac Technology Corp.

Marathon PB


First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2016 (did not race due to injury)

Number of attempts to qualify



Shippensburg University

Career Highlights
PR at 2015 Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, 1:04:38; 1st (and PR) at 2022 Edinburgh Marathon, 2:17:57; 6-time D II All-American.
Married to Lindsay with one daughter, Emma, who just turned 1 in November.
Greatest Accomplishment
Qualifying for this race. When I qualified in 2016 and got hurt and was not able to race, I never thought I would get another chance, especially with the time standards increasing the past few years.
Interesting Story
After qualifying in 2016 through the half marathon but then not being able to race due to injury, I gave up the goal. I watched 2020 come and go and was fine with that. I kept running but not at a level that would qualify me for anything. In 2021, my friends and I planned a vacation in Scotland, planning to start it off by running the Edinburgh Marathon. I decided to give it one more try to train all out. I ended up having the race of my life that day, not only qualifying for the Trials but winning the Edinburgh Marathon as well.
Favorite Movie

Kindergarten Cop

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"If you ain't first, you're last."