Athlete Bios

Sara Passani

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:34:33
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Sara Passani
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Los Angeles, CA


Moraga, CA

High School

Campolindo High School

Current Affiliation



Vice President, Private Equity - The Riverside Company

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Claremont McKenna College

Career Highlights
21st, 2022 USA Marathon Championships; 91st, 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials; 2015 NCAA Division III 10,000m All American; 2015 NCAA Division III 5,000m; 4-time NCAA Cross Country participant; 4-time First Team All Region and All Conference Cross Country; 2-time member NCAA Division III Championships podium team.
I married my husband, Greg, in October 2022 (a few weeks before qualifying for the 2024 Trials). We live in Los Angeles with our Mini Goldendoodle (Harry) and Russian Blue cat (Lu). My sister, Mana, lives in D.C. and works in consulting. My parents immigrated to the United States in the '80s in hopes of giving their children more opportunities; I am so thankful for my parents paving the way for me and my sister and sacrificing so much to allow for us to have a real shot at the American Dream.
Greatest Accomplishment
I am proud of my ability to balance an incredibly demanding and stressful job in finance while training at a high level and cultivating and investing in my relationships. Balance is key for me and over the past several years I have honed in on my ability to create just that. I have an unbelievable team behind me including Greg, my family and a group of friends who are all incredibly supportive of my aspirations. The community I am a part of is nothing short of inspiring and I am so proud to contribute to it.
Interesting Story
At the end of 2021 and early 2022 I was rehabbing an injury that took me out of running for the better part of two months. I hired my now-coach, Nick Klastava, to take the pressure off of writing my own workouts and provide me with support I did not truly realize I was missing in my pursuit of running. 2022 was a big year - from running 10 minutes every other day in January to running a nearly 7-minute marathon PR in December. Lining up at the start line of CIM, I was filled with nothing but gratitude for my health and the opportunity to chase a big dream.
Favorite Book

Demon Copperhead

Favorite TV Show/Series

Mad Men, Modern Family, Sex and the City

Favorite Song

Walking on A Dream

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Margarita or Mimosa

Favorite Breakfast

Breakfast Burrito

Favorite Motivational Quote
"No rain, no rainbows."
Favorite Running Memory
Crossing the finish line at CIM in 2022 and being propped up and celebrated by the women who finished before me, to then turning around and doing the same for the women streaming in behind me. Celebrating with all of the women who hit the OTQ at CIM in 2022 was an incredible experience as it truly was a party at the finish line!