Athlete Bios

Elena Hayday

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:30:51
Qualifying Race: 2023 Grandma's Marathon

Elena Hayday
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Washington, D.C.


Bloomington, MN

High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

Current Affiliation

Oiselle, Georgetown Running Club


Researcher/Postbacclaureate IRTA, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Career Highlights
10th, 2022 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; 15th, 2023 Aramco Houston Half Marathon; 7th; 2023 Grandma's Marathon 2023
My dad played collegiate tennis at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and University of Minnesota and now runs a tennis department at Lifetime Fitness, and my mom ran track in high school and works in HIV research at the University of Minnesota. My oldest sister, Marissa, is a pharmacist in Minneapolis and my middle sister, Karina, is a family law attorney in Chicago. My partner, Sebastian, played D I tennis and is the graduate assistant coach at the University of Alabama's tennis program.
Greatest Accomplishment
Managing training while working full-time at the National Institutes of Health. I haven't had to choose between my passions for running and research, and that's really special!
Interesting Story
I was a 17:10 track 5,000m runner in college and never ran a Big 10, sectional or NCAA race. I actually left my collegiate team in 2021 with eligibility left and planned to be done with competitive running. That didn't last long, and I fell in love with longer distances on the roads and have since run a half marathon at that 5K pace! I've been really enjoying running over the past few years and never imagined I would be running at the Olympic Trials. I'm just getting started with the marathon distance and I'm excited to see what running has in store for me!
Favorite Book

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

Favorite Movie

The Goonies

Favorite TV Show/Series

New Girl

Favorite Song

Almost (Sweet Music) - Hozier

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

French Fries

Favorite Breakfast

Bagel with cashew cream cheese

Favorite Running Memory
Crossing the finish line at Houston in 2023 with an OTQ in the half marathon! It felt like a long shot that I would qualify, but I did it by almost 30 seconds. I had gone down to Houston alone to run, but I jogged back to my hotel room and found lots of missed texts and calls from family, friends, teammates and my coach congratulating me. It was a great reminder that although I'm not in a place to bring family or my coach to every race, I have a lot of support behind me as I navigate post-collegiate running.