Athlete Bios

Erika Kemp

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:33:57
Qualifying Race: 2023 Boston Marathon

Erika Kemp
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Providence, RI


Mount Holly, NJ

High School

Rancocas Valley Regional High School

Current Affiliation

Brooks Running

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field, 5,000m and 10,000m)

Number of attempts to qualify



North Carolina State University

Career Highlights
1st, 2021 USATF 20K National Championships; 1st, 2019 USATF 15K Road Championships; 6-time NCAA All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
I don't come from a running family but have always been well-supported by friends, teammates, coaches and others along the way. My partner is my biggest fan and helps me keep perspective and stay motivated to chase my dreams even though he's stationed overseas so we only get to see each other every few months.
Greatest Accomplishment
Personally, professionally and in running, one of the greatest senses of accomplishment I've experienced thus far was black women of all ages reaching out after seeing me run the Boston Marathon, saying they loved seeing me up there in the professional field. Some even want to run it now, too!
Interesting Story
Long runs have always been and still are my least favorite part of training as a distance runner and the path I've chosen as a professional runner/marathoner has me confronting that demon on a regular basis (especially on race day).
Favorite Book

Big Girl Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Favorite Movie

Shutter Island

Favorite TV Show/Series

Great British Baking Show

Favorite Song

Blind Spot by Stray Kids

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Hot shower

Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Favorite Running Memory
My college team winning ACC Cross Country when I had a terrible day personally and didn't even make our top 7! There was so much good to celebrate despite my personal disappointment.