Athlete Bios

Daniel Docherty

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:07
Qualifying Race: 2022 Grandma's Marathon

Daniel Docherty
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Saint Paul, MN


Saint Paul, MN

High School

Cretin-Derham Hall

Current Affiliation

El Jefe Running


Run Coach and Program Director

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Loyola University Chicago

Career Highlights
2020 and 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon qualifier; 3rd, 2019 Twin Cities Marathon; Won 2021 Twin Cities 5K, 10K and 10 Mile, becoming the first person to win three events on TCM Weekend; 2019, 2022 and 2023 USATF Minnesota Runner of the Year - Men's Open Division; 7th, 2019 USATF 25K Championships; 5-time All-Conference in college.
I am unmarried. I have 3 siblings, Jennie, Laura and Kevin, and my parents are Jim and Bev. Both of my parents and all my siblings ran at the NCAA Division I level. All but Laura attended Iowa. Jennie was a Team Captain her senior year and ran 2:15 for the 800m. Laura went to the University of Minnesota, where she set a school record in the 10,000m and was an All-Big Ten performer. Kevin was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor during his senior season. Jim was an All-American in the DMR while at Iowa and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 1,500m in 1980 but didn't compete. Bev qualified for and finished the first six U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, from 1984-2004.
Interesting Story
I made my first official attempt at an OTQ in 2015 when I tried to run the 2016 half marathon standard of 1:05 and came up short in my debut, running 1:08. You can see what training can do when you fast forward four years to January 2019, when I qualified for my first Olympic Trials after running 2:18:27 in my debut marathon at Houston. I trained with Team USA Minnesota (now Minnesota Distance Elite) from 2017-2021. I am now self-coached and train on my own while managing responsibilities as a coach and program director at two non-profit organizations and self-employment at my personal coaching business.
Favorite Book

The Alchemist

Favorite Movie

American Graffiti

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

Bear Creek by Lankum

Favorite Post-race Indulgence


Favorite Breakfast

Farmer's Breakfast

Favorite Motivational Quote
"So many roads, so many trains to ride." - Otis Rush
Favorite Running Memory
I remember qualifying for the State track meet my sophomore year being a major thrill and memory. I hadn't really thought about it all year as I was racing the 800 and 1,600 but in the final two weeks of the season realized that it was possible. So I ran my first 3,200m race about a week before Sections and then went into Sections and placed 2nd to qualify. I also have a great memory of winning the TC 10 Mile in 2021, which was another accomplishment that I didn't really expect.