Athlete Bios

Mary Denholm

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:36:28
Qualifying Race: 2023 California International Marathon

Mary Denholm
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Erie, CO


Sparks, MD

High School

St. Paul's School for Girls and Okemo Mountain School

Current Affiliation

Nike Dreamweaver


Run Coach for Lift Run Perform

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify

3! Boston 2022, Grandmas 2023 ( but got COVID and couldn't line up even though I traveled to Germany!) and then CIM 2023 was where I qualified.


St. Michael's College

Career Highlights
51st, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon; 32nd, 2022 Boston Marathon (19th American, in then-PR 2:40:59); 2008 Vermont State Cross Country Champion (DI, II and III)
It's me and my dog, Max (an 11.5 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback). My mom (Deb) and sister (Molly) also live in Erie and we all moved to be near each other after my father passed away in February 2022. February 3rd is my mom's birthday, actually!
Greatest Accomplishment
I am a former trial attorney (dedicated 10 years to that career) and I left to pursue a career in marketing for several years, but ultimately I followed my heart to full-time run coaching in 2022 through Lift Run Perform. I coach athletes remotely all over the U.S. and I have several international athletes, as well. I had been coaching part time in addition to my full time jobs since 2018 and it's what brought me the most joy of any job I have ever had. I am really proud I followed my passion for helping others achieve their running goals and finally made the leap to do it full time last year. I feel total alignment with my core values and true nature as a very collaborative person and uplifting others around me in making coaching my career.
Interesting Story
My first marathon was a 3:39 in 2006 at the end of my freshman year of college. I then didn’t do another again for nine years (and took a six-year break from running completely to attend law school and during my first three years as an attorney) but since 2015 I've been a chipping away to break different time barriers and finally 2:37. It hasn’t always been a straight trajectory of PRs the past nine years, either. I saw sub-2:37 in 2016 when I was a 3:03 marathoner watching the Olympic Trials from my couch. My short term goal was to break 3 but from there I said to myself, “what is possible for me? Sub-2:45 by 2020, then sub-2:37 by 2024?” I believed then with years of work I could do it some day. I never wavered on "if" I could, only "when." It’s been years of work for me to hit sub-2:37 and I’m so proud of that.
Favorite Book

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor.

Favorite Movie


Favorite TV Show/Series

Game of Thrones, The Office, Breaking Bad.

Favorite Song

I will sometimes listen to mixed Spotify pop playlists for a long run or workout. I mostly love running without music. I do use easy runs for podcasts sometimes.

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Combo of French fries and sweet potato fries, dipping them in an assortment of condiments.

Favorite Breakfast

Pre-run it's multiple slices of avocado toast with hemp hearts.

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Trust the timing of your life."
Favorite Running Memory
My father (who passed away in February 2022) introduced me to running. We shared a mile run when I was 2 years old. While I don't technically remember it, I do have a photo of my first run ever with him memorializing it forever.