Athlete Bios

Claire Benjamin

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:36:01
Qualifying Race: 2023 California International Marathon

Claire Benjamin
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Louisville, CO


Midlothian, VA

High School

Midlothian High School


UX Researcher, Anthro-Tech

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Vanderbilt University

Career Highlights
1st, 2023 Rogue Half Marathon; 8th, 2022 California International Marathon; 3rd, BOLDERBoulder 10k; competed in multiple NCAA regionals in 5,000m and 10,000m; 6th individual on 1st place team at 2014 South Region Cross Country Championship.
My husband is Ben Mow. My parents are David and Jana Benjamin. My sibling is Evan Benjamin. My dad was a collegiate runner and has coached high school track and cross country for years. He was my first running coach, and his will always be the first phone call I make after a race if he’s not there.
Greatest Accomplishment
I went to school for mechanical engineering, but along the way I found myself interested in the “people” side of designing and building. After a zig-zagging path of trial and error, with both fun and tough experiences along the way, I found myself in the field of human-centered design and user-experience research. I now get to work with a variety of organizations, such as government agencies, to conduct people-focused research and co-design to improve the way products and services work. I feel fortunate to get to do a job that is meaningful to me, and allows me to run!
Interesting Story
I ran in middle school, high school and college. After college, I felt burned out and took time off from competitive running, giving myself space to explore other things - backpacking, climbing, and trail running for the fun of it. I also started coaching track and cross country at the high school level. It was healthy and life-giving to learn how to foster all that initially pulled me toward running: learning how to challenge yourself, trying and sometimes failing in a safe space, being a good and accountable teammate, celebrating wins with a team, building lifelong healthy habits, devoting yourself to your sport - but knowing that’s not all of your identity. Over the past seven years, the team and the amazing coaches I work alongside have inspired and reminded me of all that I valued when I first started, and making space for other things I value has brought me balance. Being with the team has returned joy and playfulness to running, as has running in the mountains with my husband, Ben, and my dog, Fitz. I started racing again in late 2021, with a new perspective and no expectations, just a love for running.
Favorite Book

The Night Watchman - Louise Erdrich

Favorite Movie

Hot Rod

Favorite TV Show/Series

Arrested Development

Favorite Song

Space Ghost Coast to Coast - Glass Animals

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ben and Jerry’s

Favorite Breakfast

Kodiak cakes with banana and tahini

Favorite Running Memory
My now-husband Ben proposing on the Continental Divide when we ran the High Lonesome loop in the Indian Peaks Wilderness in 2021