Athlete Bios

Aaron Gruen

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:15:56
Qualifying Race: Bakline's McKirdy Micro Marathon

Aaron Gruen
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Providence, RI


Munich, Germany

High School

St. Edward's High School, Oxford, UK

Current Affiliation

Rhode Island Track Club


Incoming medical student, Freelance cellist in Providence, RI

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Brown University

Career Highlights
4th, 2022 Providence Marathon; 4th, 2022 San Francisco Marathon; 2023 Boston Marathon, 2:21.
Coaches Bob and Anne Rothenberg saw more within me to achieve and supported me motivationally and financially ever since I started running with them. Father, Keith, grew up in the US and moved to Germany after college where he met Aaron’s mother, Regine. Has one younger brother in Germany, Adam.
Greatest Accomplishment
Finding happiness in everything that I do.
Interesting Story
I will attend medical school next year. I was not a varsity athlete in college and did not start running competitively until 2021. Studied cello at the Prague Music Conservatory.
Favorite Book

1984 by George Orwell

Favorite Movie

It's a Wonderful Life

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

Glorious by Macklemore

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

The Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Breakfast

Oatmeal with peanut butter, maple syrup, and a pear

Favorite Motivational Quote
“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” - Marilyn Monroe
Favorite Running Memory
Running the Boston Marathon in 2023 and passing the Wellesley "Scream Tunnel."