Athlete Bios

Riley Cook

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:23
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Riley Cook
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

South Weber, UT


Ogden, UT

High School

Ogden High School

Current Affiliation



Operations Research Analyst

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Weber State University

Career Highlights
I've run 29 marathons, winning 9, and 58 half marathons, winning 26; 1st in two 2022 USATF Masters Road National Championships, the 10-mile and 12K; 1st at 2005 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship in the mile
Married to my wife Amy. We have four daughters, Evelyn (13), Hannah (11), Nora (8), and Iris (7). I come from a family that likes running. My parents ran the St. George Marathon in our home state of Utah almost every year, and I remember taking the annual trip down and cheering them on. I have four siblings and all of them have finished at least one marathon. My wife also ran at Weber State, which is how we met. She's a big supporter of my running and now our three youngest girls run kids' cross country and track, while our oldest competes for her junior high team.
Greatest Accomplishment
My family is easily what I'm most proud of in my life.
Interesting Story
I'm one of the oldest competitors in the field, at age 42, and I'm a first-time qualifier. I was a middle distance runner in college and graduated with an honest hatred for running. I quit running the day after track ended my senior year. It had become a chore and we never took easy days in college. I was always injured, worn out, and mentally exhausted. I didn't run again for more than three years, and then it was just for a tiny bit to help my fitness in some adult sports leagues I was in at the time. I decided to run some local races five years after I graduated and signed up for a marathon with very little training. It did not go well. But the competitor in me wanted to conquer this challenging distance. During my journey I fell in love with running again and with the process of trying to get better. That was a decade ago and I tried several times to qualify for the Trials during that decade, but came up short for one reason or another (sickness, dehydration, GI issues). I live at a higher altitude so to qualify I have to spend money to travel to a sea level race. This is money that I could've instead spent on my family, so I only took a few precious tries at it in an attempt to not let my hobby affect my family and our finances. Finally, at age 41 I got it done last year at CIM.
Favorite Book

The Road

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Favorite Song

Pretty much any song by The Killers

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Favorite Breakfast

French toast and bacon

Favorite Running Memory
It's probably recency bias, but qualifying for these Trials after coming up short for several years is pretty memorable.