Athlete Bios

Kelli Smith

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:34:14
Qualifying Race: 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon

Kelli Smith
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Grand Rapids, MI


Atlanta, GA

High School

NorthPointe Christian

Current Affiliation




Marathon PB


First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Cornerstone University

Career Highlights
9-time NAIA All-American.
I recently got married to my husband, Andrew, in June 2023! I have a lot of family and friends who are coming to Orlando to support me.
Greatest Accomplishment
I would consider the relationships that I have with my family and friends as my greatest accomplishment in life.
Interesting Story
I was able to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in January 2022 when the window to qualify opened. I have been dealing with injuries since hitting the qualifying mark, but was happy to hit the standard again in the fall of 2023.
Favorite Movie

La La Land

Favorite TV Show/Series

Parks and Recreation

Favorite Song


Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Any type of pizza!

Favorite Breakfast

Blueberry Pancakes

Favorite Motivational Quote
“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”- CS Lewis
Favorite Running Memory
My favorite running memory was when I hit the qualifying mark for the Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Houston (2022). Everyone who was running the race and those cheering along the course were so encouraging. Seeing how excited my husband was as I ran the final straightaway and getting to celebrate with my family made it my favorite running memory.