Athlete Bios

Sam Chelanga

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:08:50
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Sam Chelanga
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Colorado Springs, CO


Kabarsel, Kenya

High School

Bartolimo Boys High School

Current Affiliation

World Class Army Program


U.S Army

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2016, 2020

Number of attempts to qualify



Liberty University

Career Highlights
7-time USATF Champion; 2023 Pan Am Games Silver Medalist, 10,000m; 11th, 2017 World Cross Country Championships; 4-time NCAA Champion (5,000m, 10,000m, Cross Country); NCAA 10,000m Record-holder (27:08)
Wife is Marybeth, an OTQ qualifier with half marathon time of 1:10:55.They have three children: Micah (10), Joe (6) and Jeremiah (5)
Greatest Accomplishment
Being a dad
Interesting Story
I retired in 2018 to join the U.S. Army and the sport found me again.
Favorite Book

The Bible

Favorite Movie


Favorite TV Show/Series

Ax Men

Favorite Song

Dreams: Judah & The Lion and NEEDTOBREATHE

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Burger or pizza

Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"It’s now or never"
Favorite Running Memory
The time I got lost in my friend Jared Ward's neighborhood at night and I was running around looking for help; I approached a car parked beside the road and it was the 2006 NCAA cross country champion Josh Rohatinsky!