Athlete Bios

Futsum Zienasellassie

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:09:40
Qualifying Race: NN Rotterdam Marathon

Futsum Zienasellassie
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day




High School

North Central High School

Current Affiliation

Hoka Northern Arizona Elite

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification



Northern Arizona University

Career Highlights
- Member of Team USA for 2023 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships - 2019 USATF 10 Mile Champion - 2022 USATF Marathon Champion - Winner, 2022 California International Marathon - 8-time NCAA All-American - Finished in Top 4 at NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2016
Born in Eritea, Zienasellassie moved to the U.S. as an adolescent with his family, which settled in Indianapolis. Inspired by an older brother, he started running in eighth grade, and liked how the sport helped him fit into a new community. At North Central High School, he won seven state titles – four at 3,200m and three at cross country – and won Nike Cross Nationals as a senior. At Northern Arizona University, he became a 4-time All-American in cross country, and in 2016 – the year he became a U.S. citizen – he led NAU to its first NCAA team title before finishing as NCAA runner-up at 10,000m on the track. He competed for NAZ Elite in 2017 and 2018, then rejoined the group in October 2022 after being coached for about 18 months by James McKirdy. Zienasellassie won the 2022 California International Marathon in 2:11:01 in his debut at the distance. Has three brothers and four sisters … He and his wife, Samrawit, have two sons, Eisey and Isaak … The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon will be his fourth race at the distance.