Athlete Bios

Emily Sisson

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:18:29
Qualifying Race: 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Emily Sisson
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Flagstaff, AZ/Providence, RI


Chesterfield, MO

High School

Parkway Central High School

Current Affiliation

New Balance

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials



Providence College

Career Highlights
-American record-holder, Marathon (2:18:29) -2020 Olympics, 10,000m, 10th -#2 all-time American, half marathon (1:06:52, Houston 2023) -2-time World Athletics Championships 10,000m (9th 2017; 10th 2019) -8-time USATF Champion (from 5K to half marathon) -2-time NCAA Champion, 5000m (indoors and outdoors, 2015) and NCAA record-holder, 5000m indoors (15:12.22) After a 10-time All-American career at Providence College, Sisson won the 2016 USATF 10 km Championships in her first full year as a pro, and then in 2017 ran the fastest half marathon debut ever by an American woman (1:08:21) when she finished as runner-up at the United Airlines NYC Half. In 2019, Sisson really came into her own: She kicked it off the with another great 13.1-miler, a 1:07:30 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon (just five seconds off the American Record at the time), then in April she ran 2:23:08 in London – the fastest U.S. marathon debut in history on a record-eligible course. In 2022, Sisson shattered the American Record at that distance when she finished second in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:18:29. She started 2023 off in Houston again, running 1:06:52 to set an American Record in the half marathon (since broken by Keira D’Amato.)
In August 2018, Sisson married Shane Quinn, also an All-American at Providence … Last October, Sisson ran 2:22:09 in Chicago despite developing a side stitch around Mile 18 … The week before Christmas, her dog Dougal went missing in Phoenix, where Sisson was training; thanks to her plea via Instagram story he was found just hours later … She plans to spend January training in Florida, where she’s had racing success in Jacksonville as the three-time USATF 15 km Champion (2021-23).