Athlete Bios

Hailey Bowes

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:35:36
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bank of American Chicago Marathon

Hailey Bowes
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Arlington Heights, IL


Arlington Heights, IL

High School

John Hersey High School

Current Affiliation

Nameless TC


Animal Care Specialist

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Ohio University

Career Highlights
22nd, 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (11th American); Winner, Trials for Miles 5K and Hidden Gem Half Marathon; 3rd, Indy 500 Mini Marathon; 6th, Shamrock Shuffle; 6-time All-MAC
Jeff (62) and Mindy (58) Bowes are my parents. They are my biggest supporters and training partners. They spent many weekends dealing with the heat, rain, storms and snow biking with me during my long runs mid-marathon training. I have an older sister, Justine, (28) as well.
Greatest Accomplishment
Learning to navigate being a marine biologist stranded in the Midwest by becoming an animal care specialist at the Shedd Aquarium working with the sea otters and penguins in the marine mammal department.
Interesting Story
Once, in college, I heard there was a black bear rumored to be on one of my team's hilliest routes. Being the animal lover I am, I tricked everyone into running that route every other day for a week in hopes to find the bear. Sadly, I never saw the bear but I did give us all a hell of an elevation training week ... I did the same thing a month later hoping to see a bobcat.
Favorite Book

I Hunt Killers Trilogy

Favorite Movie

Live Action Scooby Doo or Scott Pilgrim

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

Want me - Baby Queen

Favorite Post-race Indulgence


Favorite Breakfast

French Toast

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Just run faster, it's not that hard." - My Mother
Favorite Running Memory
My favorite running memory is placing 5th in the 5,000m at my indoor conference meet. I was just starting to gain my confidence in running back after a tough two years prior. After coming off of a cross-country season high I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull it together again during indoor season. That was the first race I felt like I had total control and knew exactly what I needed to do to get the job done. I felt strong and confident for the first time in so long. It really helped re-spark my love for running all over again.