Athlete Bios

Pardon Ndhlovu

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:15:04
Qualifying Race: 2023 Grandma's Marathon

Pardon Ndhlovu
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Hope Mills, NC


Harare, Zimbabwe


Running Coach

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



University of North Carolina-Pembroke

Career Highlights
2016 Olympic Marathon, representing Zimbabwe; multiple-time All-American in cross country and track and field.
Married to Keara, with a 5-year-old son named Thulani. I have a twin brother who used to be fast but not anymore.
Greatest Accomplishment
Racing at the Olympics was the highlight of my running career, but my wife and I get to raise a brilliant young man and I don't think anything can surpass that.
Favorite Book

The Stranger in the Woods

Favorite Movie

Remember the Titans

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

Gifted - Koffee

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Burger on a gluten-free bun

Favorite Breakfast

Eggs, bacon, potatoes with ketchup, and can't go wrong with a good cup of coffee

Favorite Motivational Quote
"A bad day is just a day, not a life."
Favorite Running Memory
Crossing the finish line at the Olympics in Rio. It felt like winning, because of the hard work and obstacles to get there.