Athlete Bios

Marcos Bailon

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:48
Qualifying Race: 2023 Grandma's Marathon

Marcos Bailon
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Phoenix, AZ


Phoenix, AZ

High School

Alhambra High School

Current Affiliation



Quality control/Gatorade

Marathon PB


First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Wichita State University

Career Highlights
Winner, 2023 La Jolla Half Marathon.
My beautiful wife, Elida Bailon, supports my journey every day. Our oldest son, Leo Marcos (6) is my biggest competition. Our oldest daughter, Leyla (5), is my biggest fan. Our baby, Mia Rose, is a future Olympian.
Greatest Accomplishment
My biggest accomplishment has been balancing a busy home with running and working full-time. I have managed to reach my goal while working 50 hours a week and not sacrificing family time.
Interesting Story
Getting to the Trials has not been easy. I've had to balance running, life and work to get here. I've had to sacrifice sleep to make this happen. My typical work day begins at 2:40 a.m. to squeeze in my run, strength train and do rehab exercises all before 5 a.m. I start work at 6 a.m. and am usually done by 4:30 p.m. At home I try to spend as much quality time with my family as possible. I am usually in bed by 10 p.m. and sleep about 4.5 hours before I wake up and do it all over again!
Favorite Book


Favorite Movie

Anything Marvel related

Favorite TV Show/Series

The Office

Favorite Song

I prefer to listen to my feet striking the ground.

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Pizza and ice cream

Favorite Breakfast

Eggs, bacon and potatoes.

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Running never gets easier. You just get stronger."
Favorite Running Memory
Running in high school; it was always a good time surrounded by great friends and coaches.