Athlete Bios

Zack Holden

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:16:54
Qualifying Race: 2023 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Zack Holden
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Washington, DC


Vienna, VA

High School

James Madison High School

Current Affiliation

Pacers Running / Georgetown Running Club - New Balance


Digital Signal Processing Engineer

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



University of Virginia, Georgetown University

Career Highlights
6th; 2023 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon; 3rd, 2023 DC Half Marathon; 10th, 2022 AACR Philadelphia Marathon; 2nd, 2021 NIRCA Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional, Cross Country; 8th, 2019 NIRCA Cross Country National Championships; 2022 Boston Marathon
Greatest Accomplishment
Qualifying for the Trials.
Interesting Story
While getting cut from the JV baseball team may have dashed my childhood dreams of becoming a major-league outfielder, it certainly had a silver lining in jump-starting my competitive running career. In my junior year, I helped lead my high school cross country team to win their first state championship. I then continued on to the University of Virginia where I competed as a “D4” athlete for the club team, notably claiming multiple top-three regional finishes and one top-10 national finish as an individual. Around this time, I started running marathons. I not only fell in love with the event but also found decent success, closing out my collegiate career with an over 13-minute PR at the 126th Boston Marathon. After graduating, I joined GRC and had a series of breakthrough performances in every event from the 5K to the marathon, culminating in a successful OTQ attempt at the 2023 Indianapolis Marathon.
Favorite Book

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears - Dinaw Mengestu

Favorite Movie

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

"Walking at a Downtown Pace" - Parquet Courts

Favorite Post-race Indulgence


Favorite Breakfast

Black coffee, banana and a poppy seed bagel

Favorite Running Memory
Breaking 49 minutes in the 10-mile at the 2022 Broad Street Run