Athlete Bios

Austin Bogina

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:15
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Austin Bogina
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Lawrence, Kansas


Arma, Kansas

High School

Northeast-Arma High School (Arma, Kansas)

Current Affiliation

Unsponsored and Self-Coached


Undergraduate Program Director of Sport Management and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Kansas

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon

Number of attempts to qualify



Competed for the Pittsburg State Gorillas (NCAA DII - Pittsburg, KS) from 2011-2016, where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Graduated with my master’s and Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Kansas

Career Highlights
Collegiate: 2x NCAA DII Cross Country National Qualifier as an individual 2x 1st Team All-Central Region Cross Country 5x All-MIAA (Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association) performer 4x Dead last in MIAA Conferences races Post-Collegiate: Qualified for the 2020 and 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon. Represented Team USA at the 2019 Road 50k World Championships in Brasov, Romania. Finished as National Runner-Up in the 2019 U.S. Road 50k Championship. 1:04:46 Half Marathon PR at the 2018 Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon Pikes Peak 30k Trail Race; 2017 Champion – Colorado Springs, Colorado Top-10 finish at the USATF 30k Trail National Championship; Colorado Springs, CO 07/2016 Non-running career highlights: I coach KU Sport Management’s sport sales team which competes in the annual National Collegiate Sport Sales Championship. I previously worked in college athletic fundraising and development for the Williams Education Fund, inside Kansas Athletics. In 2023, I was selected for and currently serve as an Emerging Leaders Board Member for the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation. Outside of the sport industry, I substitute teach kindergarten-high school for the Lawrence USD 497 (Lawrence, Kansas) school district.
My fiancée, Karley, is a nurse manager on the bone marrow transplant floor, at the University of Kansas Health System. She is a 2x graduate from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). In June of 2023, we added a mini bernedoodle, named Summit, to our little family. Karley and I will be getting married in June of 2024. Mother, Tracey Bogina (Keith), is a high school physical education teacher and head cross country and track and field coach at Ft. Scott High School (Ft. Scott, Kansas). She competed in cross country and track and field for the University of Kansas from 1983-1985 and is a member of Kansas Athletics' K-Club. After her first two years at KU, she transferred to Pittsburg State University to finish her eligibility and helped start the women’s cross country team. She was a 3x NAIA All-American for the PSU Gorillas. Father, Greg Bogina, is a self-employed farmer (Bogina Farms, located in Southeast Kansas) and business entrepreneur. He also graduated from Pittsburg State University and although he did not run in college, has since become an avid runner and dedicated fan of the sport. Sister, Kaylee, ran collegiately for Adams State University, in Alamosa, Colorado. At Adams (ADAMS!), she became a multiple-time NCAA DII All-American and team National Champion. She currently works in sport sales for Gear Up and runs professionally in Boulder, Colorado. Kaylee and I both qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon at the 2022 California International Marathon (Kaylee's debut marathon). Charlie Sweeney, Kaylee's boyfriend, ran for Western State University and then transferred to finish his running eligibility at the University of Colorado Boulder (Sko Buffs). Charlie has also qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Greatest Accomplishment
Professional: Toss-up between earning my doctorate and being hired as the Undergraduate Program Director of Sport Management at the University of Kansas where I get the opportunity to teach rising sports industry leaders. Personal: Asking Karley to marry me. Running: I had a pretty rough collegiate running career, so I take a lot of pride in coaching myself and the running adventures I've chased while trying to find my place under the sun. Fun fact: I am the best (self-proclaimed) auger grain cart operator in the Midwest.
Interesting Story
In 2014, I loaded my truck up and moved from Southeast Kansas to Alamosa, Colorado in pursuit of my own running vision quest to try to find my place under the sun. Since then, my running journey has allowed me to travel the world both nationally and internationally. I have been coaching myself my entire post-collegiate career and my training is derived from the philosophies, lessons, workouts I have learned along the way. After qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon and then deciding to go for a 2024 qualifier, knowing that my sister, Kaylee, was also aiming to qualify added extra motivation. After accepting my first job as a professor, I commuted an hour and a half both ways to teach on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays just so I could continue to live and train in Lawrence, Kansas. After Kaylee and I both decided to race the 2022 California International Marathon as our 2024 OTQ attempt, I knew I had to get it done or else I would ruin a cool family story. I am also at peace knowing when the day finally comes when I look over while racing a marathon at Kaylee Bo passing me, that will be the day I retire from the roads... but until then... let's ride.
Favorite Book

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory (Deena Kastor & Michelle Hamilton)

Favorite Movie

A Goofy Movie

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ice cold brewski

Favorite Breakfast

Chocolate chip pancakes with bacon, eggs, and coffee

Favorite Motivational Quote
A dog cannot make this journey alone. But maybe, a wolf can.
Favorite Running Memory
In November of 2018, I was driving myself from Lawrence, Kansas to Indianapolis, Indiana to race the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. My parents were in Denver, Colorado to watch my sister, Kaylee, race in the NCAA DII South Central Regional Cross Country Meet. It was my first solo racing experience and I remember talking to them on the phone and my mother said, "Why are you going to THIS race?" to which I responded, "I don't know but I'm going to run really fast". I listened to parts of the books "Brave Athlete" and "Let Your Mind Run" on the drive out, so maybe they lit a new fire in me because I ended up dropping my half marathon PR from 1:09:30 to 1:04:46. What makes this even more memorable is that Kaylee ended up qualifying for the NCAA DII National Championship meet shortly after my race finished. To top it off, I started dating my now fiancée, Karley, right around that same time.